Featured Interview With Hyunah KIM
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
After graduating from the university in Seoul, having studied English literature, I adventured myself to Europe, where I have been living a good majority of my life until now. I went to a fashion school in Paris and started working as a makeup artist and a stylist in Paris. Then I moved to Munich, and to Vienna, where I met Axel, where the inspiration for my book was born.
My journey constantly kept me going from Europe, back to Korea, then to Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. Then I moved back to France, here in Antibes, in beautiful Côte d’Azur since 2019.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
My father is a celebrated author in Korea. I grew up seeing him write. It was only natural that I liked reading and writing. I started writing bits and pieces all my life, but it was during the lockdown that I started writing my first novel. My dear dad passed away, and I couldn’t even attend his funeral. Amid grief and depression, something clicked in me and one day I started writing my first book.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Ken Follett, Tolkien… I like mostly thrillers, mysteries, but any book with a great story and captivating plot and wonderful characters. Ken Follett really inspires me. He is truly one of the best storytellers that are still alive today. I admire his novels and read everything he wrote.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Vienna Calling is based on a true story that happened to me when I lived in Vienna a long time ago. It is a story that I had buried deep inside of me. Had it not been for the pandemic and the death of my father thrown at me in the middle of it, I would not have written the story. When my father passed away, and I couldn’t even attend his funeral, I suffered a period of depression, and it opened a scar, an old wound that I could never get over, even after all these years. And that was it.
I started writing about my encounter with a mysterious young artist I had met in Vienna and how it had positively changed and influenced my life.
What is art? How does one become an artist? Those are among the questions I asked in my story. I found it strangely therapeutic to write this story, and I want to share it with you. It will be my greatest pleasure to see people read my book and share my ideologies. Although it is based on true events, I got liberal with a few details and let my imagination carry me away. I made it my mission to make the story compelling. After all, I can’t have my readers bored for the sake of realism, can I?
Since this happened in the culturally rich and diverse Austrian capital, you will uniquely discover Vienna through my eyes and memories. The story also reflects the multi-cultural aspects of Europe, with its different languages. I hope the translations to the languages I used aren’t too limited, but I’m sure you’ll find it quite easy to understand. You may even end up practising a new foreign language! Thank you so much.
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