Combining a Murder Mystery and Immigrant Family Story with Jane Pek

March 9, 2022 | 1 book mentioned

At Public Libraries Online, Jane Pek discusses her debut novel, The Verifiers, which follows Claudia Lin, an amateur sleuth who investigates the potential suitors of lovelorn New Yorkers. “When I read, above all it’s about becoming invested in the character,” Pek explains. “Once I’m invested, I’ll follow them anywhere. When I started writing Claudia, I knew that I wanted to write a character that readers would feel invested in in the same way. Part of that is I felt the whole idea around her family and how that shaped her, and how she related to them was also a core part of that. I guess the book is billed as a murder mystery and an Asian American immigrant family story, so, to me, that was also a central part of the novel.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).