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Monday, November 13, 2017

"An intense and beautifully written romance" - The November Girl by Lydia Kang

"An intense and beautifully written romance that had me bracing myself until the final page. [...] Swoon! With her deep imagination and lovely prose, Kang weaves a touching story with so much heart and warmth we're able to weather a stormy November." - Brenda, Goodreads


Published: November 7th, 2017

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.


1. Please, tell us more about Magic Realism and how The November Girl represents this genre. 
The November Girl is what I would call literary fantasy—because it touches on these fantastical elements while being still very grounded in a reality we all recognize. It’s also somewhat more character than plot driven. 

2. You are a doctor and mother, both known as full time “jobs”. How do you find the time (and brain) for writing? 
I’m lucky, in that I work in medicine part time. That opens a lot of time for me to write. But also? I really don’t watch much stuff. I dream of watching Strangers Things, but I have too many deadlines right now! 

3. From salt vs. chocolate, small but strong… Are any similarities between you and Anda? How did you choose Anda’s character features? 
Anda and I can be very, very weird. We are. And we have a curiosity that sometimes defies social convention. I could stare at lichens for well longer than most people would. They’d be like, “What the heck are you doing???” 

4. Between poetry and prose, which are close to you heart and how different is to write them? 
Prose. I don’t write nearly as much poetry as I used to! 

5. What are the biggest mistakes an author could do? 
Be so intimidated of a story that you never write it. 

Be so cocky to think that you can write a story really well that you don’t try very hard. 

6. What differentiates a good story from a successful one? 
Oh damn. Luck, to be honest. There are lovely stories out there that don’t get much attention, and terrible ones that get too much. 

7. What it is for you a perfect ending of a story? 
I can’t resist a HEA!

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About the author:
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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