On That's The #TRUTH podcast
Amy was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in 1980. The fall of Saigon propelled her family to embark on a treacherous journey to America. She lived in Seattle most of her life and worked for large corporations like Microsoft and T-Mobile. In 2017, when Amy’s mother passed, Amy quit her corporate career to write her mother’s story. Amy’s debut novel, Snow in Vietnam, was published in 2019 and kick started her writing career.
"We were one of the lucky ones. We were one of the boat people. Refugees... In 1979, my mother decided to flee Vietnam after the fall of Saigon. With a five year old daughter and a sixteen year old nephew in tow, she embarked on a treacherous escape into the unknown of the South China Sea." Amy M. Le
Beauty is Everywhere
It rests in victory after the battle. It floats on wings of hope in the midst of tragedy, and it shines through the kindness of the gentle souls who long to share the legacy of a beautiful life lived.
Join us in this heartfelt interview with author, Amy M. Le. I suspect her words will leave you moved, as they have certainly left their impact on me.
From our Interview with Amy
That’s the #truth: Your mom passes away, and clearly any time we lose someone in this life it is a magnificent impact, and it impacted you in a way that you decided to take your mom’s story, write a book, and share it with the world.
Amy: Growing up, it has always been just my mom and me and we formed a very special bond together. When she passed away, a part of me was gone. She was also a link to my heritage and my past. It was so devastating that I quit my job and took time to mourn, to just be, and to figure out what to do with my life. God gave me the idea to write her story. My husband was very supportive and we moved to Oklahoma to be able to afford to live on one income. It didn’t take long for me to realize I really liked writing and didn’t want to go back to corporate America.
That’s the #truth: Did you find that as you were going through the journey and doing the research to complete your book that you were able to learn more about your mom?
Amy: Absolutely. There were stories about our journey and our escape that I didn’t know. I did learn that my mom was a lot more fierce than I gave her credit for - that fire inside of her - as a woman with a little kid on her hip. I can’t even imagine what kind of courage that took and to make it and survive on her own in America.
That’s the #truth: Fierce is a good word. She was so brave. How in the world did she pick up and do the things that she did. Even getting to the boat that might lead her to America was one battle after the next. She just kept going and going, and it looks like one of the main driving forces that kept her going, was you.
Amy: Yes, the love of a mother right? A parent will do anything for their child. I think we are all inherently strong people who are driven to survive and live. When there is a challenge we have to rise to it or perish. You do what you have to do. Luckily, for us, we had a happy ending. There were so many that perished at sea and the numbers we will never know.
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