3.21.19 It’s been 2 years since Please Love Umma was first published, and it’s been quite a ride. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported and who continue to support to this day. A lot has changed since then as I gave birth to our first child, Matthew, in May of 2018, and … More Happy 2 Year Anniversary to Please Love Umma!
3.17.18 Big thanks to Alist Magazine for featuring Please Love Umma in their 2017/2018 anniversary issue out this month!
12.15.17 Congratulations to Katherine Verrando, 1st place winner of Please Love Umma’s 2017 Writing Contest! Your thoughtful and poignant essay was so well-written. It was so much fun spending the afternoon with you and your lovely mom at the MOIC in Los Angeles!
10.19.17 Who can participate? All kids residing in Southern California in grades 4-7 or ages 9-12 Parents must verify that the assigned reading material of Please Love Umma is appropriate for the participant. This is a children’s novel for advanced readers with many difficult topics and moderately violent depictions. Writing topic? Write an essay on 1-2 … More 2017 SoCal Youth Writing Contest for Please Love Umma
7.6.17 I cherish the childhood memories I have of walking to the public library in Koreatown, Los Angeles with my father to borrow books with my library card. Currently, Please Love Umma is slowly making its way into public libraries. It was such a pleasure to meet the children’s librarian at the Palos Verdes Library … More Please Love Umma in Public Libraries
6.5.17 Thank you so much for having me on Career Day. It was an honor to meet the incredible teachers and students of Halldale Elementary!
5.9.17 Book Release Info for Please Love Umma in the Los Angeles Korea Times Newspaper (한국일보). Thank you for your support! http://www.koreatimes.com/article/20170506/1054805
5.6.17 Book Release Info for Please Love Umma in the New York Korea Times Newspaper. Thank you for your support!
5.4.17 Jenna, the protagonist of Please Love Umma, notices a street that is lined with palm trees as she and Abba drive to the bookstore. She feels as if they are cruising atop a gigantic California postcard. Ironically, most of the palm trees in California are not native to the state. They were brought for … More Cali Palms
4.28.17 Being an avid reader as a child, some of my favorite authors when I was nine years old were Eleanor Estes, Ann M. Martin, Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Roald Dahl, and Judy Blume. While I loved reading about the characters in these stories, I could not fully identify with them due to cultural differences. … More Interview with the Korea Daily: Memories of a 2nd-Gen Korean-American [25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots]