Today we're excited to chat with Lydia Kang (This November Girl)
as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!
Read on for more about Lydia, her novel, plus a giveaway!
Meet Lydia Kang!
Lydia Kang is a physician, geek-girl, and salt-addicted foodie who spends too much time instagramming her moody dog. She writes young adult fiction, adult fiction, and adult nonfiction, and lives in the Midwest with her husband and three kids.
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Meet This November Girl!
I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.
Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.
Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.
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~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~
YABC: Was there a class in high school that you wished you had paid closer attention to and why?
I wish I had paid more attention to my history classes. I feel like I can't remember them at all, but I have strong memories of English, my science classes, art classes, etc. I think history has so many incredible stories within them, and I wished I had paid more attention to how it related to what our lives are like today--politically, economically, socially. I've actually fantasized about sitting in on college history classes for fun!
YABC: What do you love most about the YA genre?
I love that in YA, you get to explore so many firsts. First kiss, first crush, first time that you have to encounter something so much bigger than your own world, be in an illness, an alien invasion, or death. It's something everyone has or will encounter, but being in that gray zone between adulthood and childhood, the lens of experience is so different. I love exploring that.
YABC: What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?
I would say, please please please don't be disappointed if you aren't a published author before you finish high school or college. Writing itself takes time, and becoming a good writer takes years. Let that fuel your desire to expand your world, learn more, improve your technique, but don't let it torture you into thinking you haven't succeeded if you don't have a book deal after you write your first novel. And along with that--you will get rejections along the way, in the form of people not liking your work, or places saying no to your short stories, poetry, etc. Welcome to the club! We've all been rejected, and it's part of the process. It's not the end of you being a writer.
This November Girl
By: Lydia Kang
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: November 7th, 2017
One winner will receive a copy of This November Girl (Lydia Kang) ~ (US Only)
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