Interview with Lydia Kang, Author of The November Girl

I'm excited to author Lydia Kang on the blog today. She was gracious enough during her busy book release schedule to answer some questions for me. Lets get to know Ms. Kang and her books. Read on!

So, what have you written?

THE NOVEMBER GIRL is my recent YA novel, which is literary fantasy. I’ve also written YA sci-fi (CONTROL and CATALYST), and an adult historical mystery, A BEAUTIFUL POISON.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Anda is half human, half lake. Which means that she’s battling two forces within herself, and they are directly at odds with each other. Part of her needs love and humanity, and part of her wants to destroy humanity.

What are you working on at the moment?

TOXIC! It’s my next YA novel, a space novel about a girl trapped on a dying ship, and the boy who’s trapped there too for his last mission.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I think Elle Fanning might have done a great job!

When did you decide to become a writer?

About nine years ago.

Do you read much and  if so, who are your favorite authors?

I love Jennifer Donnelly, and Maurene Goo, Mindy McGinnis, Sarah Fine, Elle Cosimano, among many others. I have a lot of favorites!

What book/s are you reading at present?

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s about creativity.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re okay. You’re beautiful, and you’re smarter than you think.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

The Hunger Games. I loved that series!

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Keep writing, and remember to find the joy in your work.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

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.
The November Girl by Lydia Kang Publication Date: November 7, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen
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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