Randall Flores, Author of How I Lost My Kidneys In China – A Twenty-Five-Year Overindulgent Odyssey, Recognized as a Finalist in International Book Contest

From student to adventurer to terrifying health crisis, author Randall Flores shares his twenty-five-year overindulgent odyssey through China’s modernization period in his debut memoir, How I Lost My Kidneys In China. The book has been recognized for its outstanding writing, design and overall market appeal out of thousands of books submitted into the Book Excellence Awards.

Randall Flores is the multiple award-winning author of How I Lost My Kidneys In China, a revelatory memoir that chronicles his twenty-five-year adventure through Asia. A masterful literary debut, the book has been met with widespread acclaim and caught the attention of movie studios.

Originally from Chicago, Randall learned Mandarin at Phillips Academy in Andover and furthered his education by attending the University of Rochester and Peking University, obtaining degrees in Chinese and economics.

He now resides in California with his wife and kids. Randall spends his time staying informed on global affairs and writing a second memoir about a trip to Pamplona for the running of the bulls.

This one-on-one interview shares Randall Flores’s background and experience in writing How I Lost My Kidneys In China – A Twenty-Five-Year Overindulgent Odyssey.

Tell us about How I Lost My Kidneys In China.

My memoir takes the reader through the transformative changes in the Greater China Region over twenty-five years. It gives readers a front-row seat to the fast-paced rise of a global superpower while detailing my journey, navigating my way to the top before succumbing to health issues. It also depicts the expat experience and the risks of working in the supply chain.

It was a life like no other.

What inspired you to write How I Lost My Kidneys In China – A Twenty-Five-Year Overindulgent Odyssey?

My introduction to Chinese took place at Andover Academy during the summer of 1987. Upon my return to Chicago, people became interested when I mentioned I had studied Mandarin. At the time, China was like a sleeping giant, and the primary worry was Japan’s potential world domination. I predicted that the Dragon of the East would awaken, causing a surge in the need for individuals proficient in Chinese.

With gradual improvement, I reached the prestigious halls of Peking University, the second-best college in China (ranked 17th worldwide). Back in 1990, the number of international students was around a hundred. Now, the number has increased to several thousand. Luckily, I got there before the stampede.

After moving to Hong Kong in 1994, I started working for an importer of footwear and spent the next two decades touring over five hundred factories across fifteen provinces. My exciting escapade took a sudden twist when excessive alcohol consumption resulted in kidney failure.

Over the course of my journey, I played multiple roles, such as a high-flying executive, a nuts-and-bolts factory guy, a road warrior, a family man, a boss, an adventurer, a connoisseur of food and drink, a teacher, a human resources manager, a fixer, an accountant, a runner, a tour guide, and an ill person.

My unique experiences left people informed, shocked, and entertained. The response was always, “You should write these down.” So I did. I also desired to record the development speed of everything around me and the significant transformations I observed. Finally, I aimed to detail the pain and hardship that an end-stage renal failure patient goes through. I don’t recommend it.

How did you feel when you found out you received a Book Excellence Award?

In today’s media landscape, books struggle to capture people’s attention. The Book Excellence Awards not only recognizes quality work, but also helps authors broaden their audience. It is an accolade that would please any author.

How did your background and experience influence your writing?

Since this is a true story, everything from my history was helpful. My passports, pictures, videos, and weekly expense reports were indispensable.

Accuracy should be the focus of any memoir, and my preparation ensured I achieved that.

What is one message you would like readers to remember?

Opt for the unconventional path and embrace adventure. While there may be hurdles, the journey will be fulfilling.

Purchasing the Book

How I Lost My Kidneys In China – A Twenty-Five-Year Overindulgent Odyssey has received positive reviews from well-known literary organizations, authors, and reviewers around the world. Reviewer Kevin Daly writes, “A quick and easy read, detailing the life of an expat, who braves the Far East as a young man and succeeds, but at a cost. A true cautionary tale, we follow Randall as he takes on many challenges, against the background of a raw and developing China.”

The book is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Google Play, and other online bookstores. Readers are encouraged to purchase their copy today: https://www.amazon.com/How-Lost-Kidneys-China-Overindulgent/dp/1959096303

To learn more about Randall’s adventures and receive updates on new book releases, visit: https://www.howilostmykidneysinchina.com. To connect with Randall, please visit: www.twitter.com/randallshanghai

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