Wednesday, November 22, 2017

YA~The November Girl with Lydia Kang

Ready for more wistful YA? Great! Because I've got a fantastic new release with an enchanting cover, the voice of a storm, and . . . a boy. Not to mention the author is here to talk about Nature personified, and wait until you read her explanation. I love it!


The November Girl 
by Lydia Kang

Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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.

Nature Personified
by Lydia Kang

When I wrote Anda’s character, who is a creature half human, half of the Lake, I had to reconcile the very human sentiments, like love, wants, needs, and heartache, with the very non-human realities of nature. Nature doesn’t care who lives or dies—it’s all part of a cycle that just is. A dying moose or deer feeds a hungry wolf, and a old wolf’s death feeds the molds, microbes and a tree upon whose roots it died.

One thing I made a very conscious choice about was having Anda feel this cycle of life, in way which caused her both pleasure and pain. I’m not going to explain in what ways, because it’s in the book! But this linking of emotions to an otherwise emotionless cycle is something that is the backbone of why Anda acts the way she does, and has set up rules for herself for survival that are both necessary but also incredibly harmful, both to herself and others. 


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Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

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I'm absolutely fascinated by personification. (I may or may not have done this myself with the second book in the Motley Education series. *nodshead*) What do you think about it? Writers: have you done it? Would you? 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IWSG~NaNo & Win a Kindle Giveaway!

This month's Insecure Writer Support Group question is a great one:

Win or lose, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

I'd love to say I've championed at least one of the WriMo's - NaNo, JuNo, PbNo, etc... But, alas, I have not. I have, however, attempted it twice; the second time with a little success. I began my middle grade novel, Motley Education, during the first (and last) time I participated in JuNoWriMo. As you already know, the novel was released October 2016. 

For me, the real question is why can't I stay to task and write that much wordage on demand? Not sure, really. I think I'm the type of must-keep-busy person with lists and sticky notes posted everywhere. But, most of those consist of tasks that benefit others - my four kids, ailing parents and in-laws, & the hubster and our new dealership. Writing is solely for me. I've always had a hard time to justify me-time. Anyone else have this problem?

The remainder of this post is a simple reminder and repost of the giveaway I currently have going on. Feel free to skip, reread, enter, or share! YES, please share! I'm hoping to get to 5,000 entries. I already have 3,500. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support, cheer, and goodwill throughout my publishing journey. I have lots of brand-spanking new insecurities popping up since my second book released, but I'll save those for next month. 


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