Lessons I Continue To Learn As A Debut Novelist by Ann Y. K. Choi
I'm flying over Thunder Bay. The sun is blinding but the woman sitting by the window doesn't want to draw the cover down. My debut novel, Kay's Lucky Coin Variety, has been out just five months and I'm on my way to the Vancouver Writers Festival.
I need to sleep. The event that I'll be attending later runs from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. which is 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Toronto time. I'm trying to manage my anxieties much like a new mother might her baby on a plane. How I ended up on panels with superstar authors like Emma Donoghue, Peter Robinson, and André Alexis is beyond me...
Ann Y.K. Choi immigrated to Canada in 1975. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto. Most recently, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at National University in San Diego, California. CBC Books and The Globe and Mail have named Ann a "2016 Writer to Watch". Her debut novel, Kay's Lucky Coin Variety, was a finalist for the 2016 Toronto Book Awards.
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