Jandy Nelson, Ally Condie, and Meg Wolitzer at San Diego Public Library

On November 6th, the San Diego Public Library hosted an event featuring Young Adult authors Jandy Nelson, Meg Wolitzer, and Ally Condie. Not only was it wonderful to hear them talk about their books and…

Middle Earth in the North. This file has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. This applies worldwide.

At the LA SCBWI conference, I attended a great session on Revision by Jordan Baker, executive editor at Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins Children’s Books). He gave an excellent talk that spoke…

Löwendenkmal in Luzern, Switzerland, photo by Heidi M. Kim

While traipsing through Switzerland, in the beautiful town of Lucerne (Luzern), I found myself staring at the Löwendenkmal sculpture. Some call it the Lion of Lucerne. Designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and carved by…

Matterhorn peak in summer, photo by Heidi M. Kim

2015 is the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the famous Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. Since that time, the mountain has claimed more than 500 people who have tried to reach its summit. In…

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  One of the things I never expected when I transitioned into writing was the sheer number of difficult days that are involved in the writing process. When I first thought I wanted to become…

In my living room, there once was a blank wall that cried out for tender loving care. This led to a spark of an idea which led to a fun and experimental weekend project. I…

"Your people are the people that you can talk to without having to create context.”

- Shannon Hale at SCBWI 2015 Summer Conference

During this past year I have begun to notice a louder conversation about diversity (or lack of) in stories for kids and teens. Born in America and raised by Korean immigrants who encouraged me to read,…

There are cooks, and there are bakers. I’m a cook. Most of the time I enjoy cooking (unless I’m wrapped up in a story, then I’m an amazing taker-outer). Depending on my level of commitment,…

"It is not gray areas that are interesting, but darkness shot through with light, light reflected into the corners that nobody has seen before."

- Martine Leavitt