Nhi and Soles of a Survivor
1. What name do you use for your books?
2. The name of your book?
Soles of a Survivor
4. Describe your book please.
The soles of Nhi Aronhein’s feet still bear the scars of her escape from Vietnam. At twelve years old, she trudged through the jungles of Cambodia with a group of strangers, seeking a path to the land of opportunity: America. Nhi’s quest for survival and trek through the Cambodian jungle eventually landed her on a boat to Thailand, where she lived in a Thai orphanage for two years while waiting to qualify for refugee status in the United States. Years later, after building a life in America, she returned to Vietnam with a film producer to reunite with the family she never thought she’d see again.A second trip to Vietnam brought her two mothers, birth and adopted, face-to-face.
Yet Soles of a Survivor isn’t just another inspirational survival story; it’s a story about humanity, divers ity, unconditional love, since arriving in the United States. After falling in love and marrying a Jewish man, Nhi converted Judaism. This experience wasn’t easy for an Asian woman adopted into a Christian household, but it deepened her appreciation for the parallels between the Jewish and Vietnamese cultures, and the connections between other cultures and religions. Now she relishes being a Vietnamese Jew, and her story shows it doesn’t matter what religion we’re part of as long as we radiate goodness to those we meet.
Having come full circle from prosperity, to poverty, and back, Nhi hopes to encourage others to believe that in spite of overwhelming odds, all things are possible. If you have an intense desire, focused energy,and the audacity to grasp presented opportunities, you will always succeed.
5. Have you considered writing under a pseudonym? Why or why not?
No, I like my name
6. Is writing a full-time job for you? If not, what else do you do?
No, I’m also a mediator. See my attached bio.
7. How many books have you published?
I’m a 1st time author
8. Why do you write?
I initial wrote for my children so that they would know about their Jewish Vietnamese heritage. I then thought it would be neat to share my story to the world about diversity, inclusion, unity, and how we all should work together for a common good. That’s why I decided to take my book to a traditional publisher.
9. Do you see writing as a kind of spiritual or therapeutic practice?
Yes, writing is therapeutic to me.
10. When you write do you need absolute concentration and quite?
I usually write in the middle of the night around 1am. I wrote my entire memoir while my family members were sleeping.
11. What is the most difficult part of your writing process?
Reliving my painful past.
12. When you’re writing an emotional or difficult scene, how do you set the mood?
I wrote my entire book in the middle of the night for 2 years while everyone was sleeping and I had no distractions.
13. Do you believe or have you experienced “writer’s block”? If so, when and why?
I absolutely had writer’s block since certain parts of my story were too difficult for me to put in writing
14. What part of this book did you have the hardest time writing?
My childhood and coming-of-age.
15. What part of the book was the most fun to write?
The most fun part-to write in the book was how I met my husband. I could visualize my kids laughing about how , their parents met and our courting process
16. How did you decide on the title of your book?
My husband saw the living proof of my past when looking at my feet and said “SOLES of a SURVIVOR!”
17. Have you ever tried to write a novel for a genre you rarely or never read?
18. Do you write what you think the public wants to read or what you feel to be your inner-expression and forget about the public?
I write how I truly feel.
19. How long did it take you to write this book?
Two years of writing
20. What perspectives or beliefs do you challenge with you book?
Doing outreach to influencers and celebrities to get blurbs were the most challenging part of my book publishing. I think it was as hard as the writing process.
21. What books (or other literature) helped you the most when you were writing this book?
I selected the memoirs that I liked most and learned their writing styles. Those books are “Educated” and “The Glass Castle”.
22. How important was professional editing to your book’s development?
Editing is a MUST in my book development and I highly recommend it to all writers.
23. If you did or do have an agent, without naming them, tell us your experience on getting the agent and if you are satisfied.
I do have an agent. It was painful to get an agent to agree to representation, but once I found her, she’s been a pleasure to work with.
24. How much time do you spend on marketing your own work?
I allocate my time to market my book 3 days per week.
25. Which publishing sources would you reccomend? And which would you not reccomend?
If you want to learn about the publishing industry, I recommend the book “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published” by Arielle Eckstut and David Sterry
26. How much time and effort did you put into the cover of your book?
My Publisher did it and I gave feedback – 3 months
27. How did you decide on the price of your book? Include decisions if applicable for e-book and print books. Or tell us how your publisher decided.
I don’t know how my publisher decided on the price.
28. What advice would you give other authors or people starting out?
Don’t give up even though you will get many rejections
29. Do you consider yourself a success in writing, a wannabe, a failure or just misunderstood? And of course, why?
I already earned my success since I wrote my book and have it as a legacy for my family.
30. Have you ever made it into the top 100 of a list and stayed there for over 2 weeks?
31. Who has been the biggest supporter of your work?
32. Would anyone in your family disapprove of what you’ve written?
My Vietnamese family might not like what I wrote since I shared some personal situations and secrets that Asian families typically would hide.
33. If you had to describe yourself in just three words, what would they be?
Grit, Persistence, and Resilience.
34. Name one thing you absolutely hate about the publishing and writing world?
The one thing I hate is knowing how competitive it is to get an agent and how tough it is for the agent to sell my work to the publishers. The rejections were brutal!
35. Name one thing you love about the publishing and writing world?
Bringing the book too publication after 3 years of hard work.
36. Has writing and publishing a book changed the way you see yourself?
Yes, after writing my memoir, I feel liberated and no longer feel like I have a secret.
37. What is your ultimate dream in writting and having your books published?
To share my story with The World above and beyond my family. My book is due for release May 25, 2021
38. Exactly what formats is your book in?
Hard copy and Kindle
39. How have you used social media to get your story out to the public?
I use Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to promote my book.
40. Include your links:
41. Include here you book links:
Soles of a Survivor | Book by Nhi Aronheim | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster (simonandschuster.com) |Soles of a Survivor: A Memoir: Aronheim, Nhi: 9781510760288: Amazon.com: Books |Soles of a Survivor: A Memoir by Nhi Aronheim, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com) |Soles of a Survivor: A Memoir | IndieBound.org
Soles of a Survivor will be available on all major websites and bookstores starting May 25, 2021. You may pre-order today.
Nhi Aronheim was born in Vietnam. Several anthologies and a documentary that aired on PBS have profiled Nhi’s harrowing journey as a child refugee who went on to live the American Dream. Nhi’s memoir is a natural step in the telling of her heroic story.
Nhi worked for four years as a telecommunications consultant during which time she met and married a Jewish man and converted to Judaism in 2004. Nhi has two beautiful children who she has raised to embrace Vietnamese and Jewish cultures. After transitioning to sales and marketing in the morgage industry- where Nhi worked for over 16 years- she retired as a marketing specialist at the age of forty-one to begin her next life adventure. Since then, Nhi has been a mediator and an interpreter. She also volunteers her time as a mediator for courts and the Better Business Bureau as well as being an active member of Toastmasters. Visit her at her website: http://www.nhiaronheim.com/
Media and influencer inquires about Nhi and her work can be sent to Martin Library & Media management at Sharlene@MartinLit.com