Tuesday, July 6, 2010

WQI with Author Samuel Park: This Burns My Heart

Welcome to the first ever WQI (World's Quickest Interview)!

Today, I have a very special guest. Samuel Park is the author of THIS BURNS MY HEART (published by Simon & Schuster), scheduled for release in June, 2011.

Thanks for being a willing first victim, Samuel! No, but seriously, I am very excited to read Samuel's book, and I hope after reading this WQI you're as excited as I am.

The rules for WQI are simple: my questions are under 140 characters long and Samuel's responses are just as brief.

Take it away, Samuel!

Please describe your book.
THIS BURNS MY HEART is about a woman in 1960s Korea struggling to give her family a good life and find true love.

How long have you been writing?
I've been writing since I learned how to read--I've always been addicted to the idea of being a writer.
Who or what inspired this book?
My mother's life. It had all the elements of a really great drama--conflict, heroes and villains, and a fascinating setting.

How long did it take you to write this book?
It took me nine months to write the first draft, then 2 years to revise it.

Besides writing, what do you like to do most?
I love watching TV, especially Survivor and Real Housewives of New York City.

All-expenses-paid vacation: where would you go?
I would go to England, because I have lots of friends there who I never get to see.

What’s your favorite color and why?
I like green because it's calming.

Lunch with anyone: who would you choose?
Vittorio De Sica--I know he's dead, but his movie A BRIEF VACATION made a huge impression.

Cat or dog?
I love cats, especially rubbing their stomachs.

That's all, folks! Quick, huh? And don't you feel like you know Samuel better? And don't you wish this book was available NOW?

Thanks again, Samuel. I'll be reminding everyone next year to preorder their copy because I know I will be! In the meantime, enjoy his blog by clicking here.


  1. I'm intrigued by the bit about his mother. Thanks, Amy, for the fun interview!

  2. Fun interview, Amy! Best wishes for Samuel's upcoming book...

  3. great interview ... I bumped into Samuels blog a little while back and am excited for his novel as well. Now that I know it has some basis on his mother, I'm even more intrigued!

  4. Great idea for an interview series, Amy. And I'm with Myrna - the best part was finding out he based it around his mom's experiences.

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  5. Thanks for posting this! I left you an award on my blog...

  6. Great idea Amy! I'm intrigued too! Can't wait for it to come out!

  7. Esther VanderlaanJuly 7, 2010 at 6:42 AM

    This is cool.

  8. Nice interview! Great format for easy reading. I love Samuel's blog and can't wait for the book. It's neat to know that some of the inspiration is from his family. Thanks!

  9. Great interview. It's amazing how much we learned about Samuel in just a few words. Good job!

  10. This was a very good interview, I enjoyed it learning about Samuel. Like Myrna, I want to know more about his mother.


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