Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The November Girl by Lydia Kang. Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!
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.
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Road to Publication
My road to publication has been strange and twisty.
First of all, I have this whole other career that basically took over much of my twenties and thirties. I’m a doctor, and I’m still practicing in internal medicine. But I’d always wanted to write—I just didn’t know I had the permission to do so. After all, I don’t have an MFA. I didn’t major in creative writing. And I wasn’t interested in having a career in writing medical nonfiction, like so many other physician writers before me.
So when I was in my late thirties, I started writing what I knew was familiar—patient care. (I know what I just said about writing medical nonfiction—but it was a place to start!) After getting an essay published in a medical journal, I tried again and failed. And failed again. So I stopped writing for a while.
Then I had an opportunity to join a workshop. I was terrified; there would be other doctors in the group, and I thought they’d laugh at me, along with the other writers and poets in the group.
No one laughed.
All they did was push me to continue, to develop my skills. And with that warm fuzzy feeling of support, I dove into novel writing.
That was 8 years ago.
7 years ago, after having written three novels, and adding hundreds of agent rejections to my history of rejection, I acquired an agent (Eric Myers) and sold my first book, CONTROL. I have now had 11 books written under my belt, though only some of them have/will be book. Control, Catalyst, The November Girl, A Beautiful Poison (adult historical mystery), Quackery (my first nonfiction—ha, never believe what you first say to yourself!), and two more coming next year, including Toxic (another YA) and another adult historical mystery.
What did I learn?
- I don’t need permission from anyone—and I don’t need a degree—to write books.
- Having a late start in writing is okay. You are not a loser if you haven’t snagged a book deal by the age of 20. Seriously. It’s okay if it takes time.
- Having another career has been helpful. I like having an extra stream of income, so I can write and not feel like my creativity is burdened with the job of feeding my kids. And they complement each other. When one stresses me out, the other tends to calm me down because it’s so different.
- Get used to rejection. I couldn’t keep track of my rejections! I had so many. But I believed in my craft, and I was extremely eager to learn the business and the craft. I don’t have a thick skin, to be honest. But I did get used to knowing rejection was the norm.
That’s it. I hope this is helpful to burgeoning writers out there. Keep writing! And good luck!
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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