How a Coffee Shop Inspired a WWAM Short Story

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It was in the middle of November 2017 at a coffee shop near my school. I was there a few times a week just to get out of my terrible dormitory. Also, I wanted to find inspiration to finish re-writing my novel, “Destiny Across a Thousand Miles.”

I frequented this coffee shop so I could get out of my dorm and admire some of the cute staff working there. This was during my first few months in China and I was a newbie expat. When you first arrive in a foreign country, it’s scary.

For me, it was more inspirational. One day during that autumn season, I had an idea in my head for a short story. Then I began to write it at that coffee shop, going back for three days in a row. I came up with an idea of an expat coffee shop owner trying to date in Shanghai. The title is called “Zeiwei再会”, which means “see you later” in Shanghai dialect.

I got inspired by my failed dating experience at the time. My dating life hasn’t been the best in China. I gave up a long time ago and decided to study first before figuring out romance.

Therefore, I wrote this story for the expat women who have been heartbroken from intercultural dating.

For those who are interested, I’m posting my story on Wattpad: “Rosemary Ann Baker, a new expat in Shanghai, China, has opened a coffee shop with one of her college best friends, Jingyi. One day, a mysterious and handsome Chinese man named Ziheng Chen came for a coffee. Although Rosemary’s Mandarin skills are lacking, she wanted to get to know Ziheng Chen. What will this new expat learn about dating in Shanghai?”

Normally when I write, my motivation is sporadic. It comes and it goes. And sometimes when I’m inspired to write something new, I just only want to focus on that until I complete it. It’s always been like this for every short story I’ve created.

Are there any writers who are the same way?

Holly Hollins

Holly Hollins is an American from Michigan and currently a graduate student in Shanghai. Besides studying, she enjoys writing stories pertaining to WWAM couples and also LGBT themes. She is involved in the LGBT community in Shanghai and a member of Lesqueers. Holly also is a big advocate for autism and does professional presentations on the topic in China and in Michigan, USA.

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