How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing my own comics for about 10 years but mostly through small publications. Cook Korean!: A Comic Book With Recipes was the first major publication that I have written and drawn.
What did you do before you became an author? If you are not writing full-time, what other work do you do?
I worked in the fashion industry for a decade before I dove into freelance cartooning. If I am not cartooning, I would be a painter and an art teacher.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
Being a writer is a hard and vulnerable job. It makes me happy when my comics touch the reader’s heart, whether they empathize with it or are just intrigued by it.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to give hopes to immigrant kids out there, that their situations will get better if they keep putting one foot in front of another.
What type of book are you writing? What draws you to this category?
I write graphic novels. I have always been a big fan of comics since I was young. Visual storytelling makes it easier for readers to digest any subject and genre.
What would you like potential readers to know about your book?
Almost American Girl is a memoir about my immigration from Seoul, Korea to Alabama when I was fourteen. I hope at least some part of my story will resonate with people in all walks of their lives who find themselves in a fish-out-of-water situation.
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Share one surprising fact about yourself!
I have not listened to K Pop or watched K drama in years! Ask me about Harry Potter and I can talk your ear off about it, but BTS? Who dat?