I suppose it all began when I was nine, curled under my covers, listening to my father read Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. That’s where the beauty and power of storytelling came to life for me. I was so inspired that I started a writing group in 4th grade. All my friends came over and we’d write stories and share them. But then I grew up and realized I was a terrible writer. I put writing aside, very wisely I thought, and became a teacher.
It was after teaching overseas for ten years that I decided to tackle my bucket list. Write a book was on it. I wrote that book. It was awful, just as I suspected it'd be. But a very strange thing happened. I realized I liked writing. Finally I'd found that outlet to share all the crazy, wild stories floating in my head.
Besides writing, I love cooking, running, driving too fast, and eating dark chocolate. I'm slightly obsessed with books, especially YA's. My next challenge to conquer on my bucket list is to visit all the continents, but I've heard Antarctica is quite cold.
I'm repped by the black-belt-of-an-agent, Jeff Ourvan of the Jennifer Lyons Literary, LLC. My debut, GILDED, is forthcoming from Marshall Cavendish/Amazon Children's Publishing, fall 2013.
About the book:
Sixteen-year old, Jae Hwa is uprooted from her home in L.A. She thought her biggest problem would be fitting in with her classmates and dealing with her dismissive grandfather. But she was wrong. A Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she’s next.
Jae trains with a Korean master, confident her taekwondo will be enough to fight Haemosu. But she’s wrong again. Desperate, Jae delves into the ancient arts of metamorphism and uses her growing power in the Spirit World. Even still, it isn’t enough.
And then there’s Marc. Irresistible, charming, and mysterious, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae’s heart. But Marc has a secret of his own―one that could help destroy Haemosu. As Jae grows closer to him, she must decide if she can trust him and if putting his life in jeopardy is worth the risk.
Jae thought she knew all the answers. It turns out that she's been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she's always been looking for.
Never say never. I learned this the hard way when my nevers became realities one too many times. It was after moving to Indonesia, where I had more adventures than one book could hold, I decided to embrace the idea that “anything is possible”.