We are so excited to bring you this exclusive Q&A with Kim Bo-Young, the brilliant author of I’m Waiting for You and Other Stories.
When did you start writing?
What inspired you to begin?
I think it was around the
I don’t really remember exactly when and how I started – it was long time
Every time she did, I was very happy. I do have that memory.
What draws you to science
As a kid, I faked normal stories that I could show to adults, and behind their back, I wrote stories of aliens, and robots, and superheroes. I think the stories were mash-ups of cartoons I had seen at that time, and they were one hundred times more fun than the stories for adults. I naively thought that I’d be scolded if I had got caught of those stories. I really didn’t know what to do as my secrete stories were actually more fun. As I grew up, I got to know that those stories could be novels, and I was so happy. For me, love for SF started so long ago, I think it should be a part of my nature – I don’t know how to explain it differently.
What was the most
challenging part of writing these stories?
For I’m Waiting For You, I followed my heart. It was for recitation, so I just had to focus on how to condense expressions. For The Prophet of Corruption, what challenged me was that I had to believe that I was connected to the whole universe all along even though I’m just a human who was stuck in a body.
There were two challenges for On My Way To You. One was to create a female character that the groom in the former story would love, so readers can make sense of their love for each other. Another was even the groom was the same character from the former, but he should be more lovable as the latter story is from the bride’s point of view. I thought if I could bring those characters to life, the story would be a hit, or not.
Which story is your favorite?
All four stories are precious,
What advice would you give
to aspiring writers?
We have our own different
백명의 작가에게 백명의 방법이 있다고
Speaking as a Korean, I
Writing fiction definitely takes hard