Literature

#KollabSFGetsLit with Nicole Chung, Author of All You Can Ever Know

#KollabSFGetsLit with Nicole Chung, Author of All You Can Ever Know

Debut author Nicole Chung releases her book All You Can Ever Know, a very personal story of her quest finding her birth parents while navigating in a predominant white environment, including her family. This insightful and suspenseful book has already received immense attention and acclaim from prominent media publications, including: A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, An American Booksellers Association, Library Journal’s Fall Editors' Pick 2018, The Washington Post’s 1 of 20 Books to Read This Fall, and the list continues to grow.

In this interview with Kollaboration SF, we share her unique writing journey and discuss what an editor should do, #AsianAugust, and a writer's voice.

#KollabSFGetsLit with Kirstin Chen, Author of Bury What We Cannot Take

#KollabSFGetsLit with Kirstin Chen, Author of Bury What We Cannot Take

Kirstin Chen’s new novel, Bury What We Cannot Take, is set on a tiny island on the coast of Southern China in 1957 and a family gets in trouble with government authorities and has to flee very quickly to Hong Kong.  The book has been listed in Most Anticipated Upcoming Book by The Millions, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Harper’s, and Bazaar. Writing a book of this magnitude was not easy for Kristin as her literary journey leading up to this writing Bury What We Cannot Take was an amazing story in it’s self. KollabSF breaks down this journey and interviews Kirsten on the phone as we talk about her essay writing (to which I enjoy them tremendously), being Singaporean, and the feeling of the life or death of your first novel.

#KollabSFGetsLit with Crystal Hana Kim, Author of If You Leave Me

#KollabSFGetsLit with Crystal Hana Kim, Author of If You Leave Me

Crystal Hana Kim, in her debut novel If You Leave Me, explores the repercussions of a country in war. The book is a timepiece during the Korean War that’s told through the first person narratives of protagonist, Haemi Lee, and her love triangle between her childhood best friend, Kyunghwan, and his older cousin, Jisoo. TheMillions.com review of Kim’s book highlights this feat, “Kim alters the expectations of the genre of war to include a much stronger focus on women and the multigenerational cultural changes that occur in and after a war caused by a global power struggle.”

Kollaboration SF gets the opportunity to Interview Crystal Hana Kim and talk about her book, her inspirational grandmother, and her feelings on releasing the book to the world.

#KollabSFGetsLit with Lucy Tan, Author of What We Were Promised

#KollabSFGetsLit with Lucy Tan, Author of What We Were Promised

Lucy Tan’s debut novel What We Were Promised is a story that follows the Zhen family has moved back to China after spending their lives chasing the American dream. Lucy explores heavy themes like classism, going from immigrant to an expat, and concepts of belonging, as US Today reviews, ““What We Were Promised” is bustling with themes like these, ones that focus on the terrifyingly complex facets of what it means to be Chinese-American, an immigrant, and an expat. But Tan certainly has enough bandwidth to handle these heavy topics, sifting them through a single family with forlorn honesty and compassion.” Kollaboration gets a chance to interview Lucy Tan about her writing process as an Asian American woman, her challenges of having a bilingual home as a writer, and ask her experience as a Asian American actress.

#KollabSFGetsLit with R.O. Kwon, Author of The Incendiaries

#KollabSFGetsLit with R.O. Kwon, Author of The Incendiaries

R.O. Kwon’s debut novel The Incenteraries has been named “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” by many news outlets such as PBS, New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly. The anticipation and the press is well-deserved considering that she had been working on the novel for the past 10 years. I got the chance to talk to R.O. Kwon on the phone to discuss her influences, her sense of family and community, and even karaoke.