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Writer Lee Kkoch-Nim

Warm Stories of Comfort for the Youth

 

2022.02.14

 

We feel a sense of delight when the protagonist of a story beats insurmountable challenges, changing a tragedy into a comedy. It may be that our lives are in a similar process. Due to how our life is, transitional stories gain sympathy and comfort people. The warmth of the stories translates to understanding, gives the power to get over the harsh reality, and gifts cherished daily life. That is how the writer Kkoch-nim Lee shares the vitality of her stories with adolescents.

 

 

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

 

Hi, I am Kkock-Nim Lee, a writer. I am pleased and excited to introduce my stories through this web magazine.

 

You released popular Adolescent Literature, I Will Cross Time for You (published by Munhakdongne), Killing Your Friend (published by Woori School), and others. Is there any particular reason you write adolescent literature and fairy tales?

 

My troubled youth was longer than usual. My sister even said, “Are you the only one suffering from adolescence? Come on. Stop nagging!” You would not believe it, but my puberty spanned from upper elementary years to the early 20s. I almost thought that was who I was rather than to think it was because of puberty. It is lamentable not to enjoy the time then, but I hated myself, felt lonely, and fought against the world all by myself like many other pubescent girls. My comfort was coming-of-age novels at that time. Reading stories of main characters overcoming challenges and finding their normal daily lives helped me a lot. Since then, I naturally dreamed of being a writer who writes coming-of-age novels. Like how I got my comfort through those stories, I wanted to console the youth suffering from loneliness as I did. That is how I came to study and write adolescent literature and fairy tales.

 

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I Will Cross Time for You, Killing Your Friend

 

 

It must be important to form emotional connections with the young generation. Where do you get your ideas and materials for your novel?

From my college years when I aspired to be a writer to the early stage of my literary career, I wrote about things that I thought about a lot or what used to worry me. That was until I wrote I Will Cross Time For You. Now, I try to write stories about 'you' not 'me.' Sometimes, I find themes from newspapers or media outlets, like when I wrote Luck Is On Its Way For You(published by Munhakdongne) and Killing Your Friend.

 

How was your adolescence? Can you please tell us how you got to decide to become a writer?

 

I recall my youth being deplorable. I had low self-esteem and hated my guts. I did not like who I was then. I was lonely but enjoyed being alone at the same time. It was because I could think of stories only when I was by myself. I create the main character and a situation where they fought or fell in love with someone. When I learned that writers are the ones who write down stories in their heads, I wanted to become one. However, I did not share my dream with anybody. I thought people would laugh at me for wanting to be a writer. I considered myself to lack talents in writing because I never won an award for writing during my school years. Maybe I thought that one is a good writer only when they win a lot of awards in writing contests. So, I could not even think about the 'dream' of becoming a writer. I tried to forget about writing and live my life, but the more I did, the more I wanted to write. Later on, my heart was filled with sorrow. I felt sorry for myself for not even dreaming. I could not stand it anymore, and I took my courage to tell my mom that I wanted to be a writer. My family's response was, “Sure! Do it!” That's how I started to write in earnest.

 

 

I hope my stories bring a sense of comfort to someone,
or bring a smile to one's face when they come to mind.

 

 

You wrote many works on adolescent literature. Is there any particular piece that is special to you? If there is one, please tell us the reason as well.

 

I have to read a piece multiple times until each one is completed. No work did not go through me. Every book I wrote is unique and important to me. Nevertheless, if I have no choice but to select one, I would choose Luck Is on Its Way to You. Many people expressed gratitude to me after reading the book. It was simply a story I wrote, but many were thankful that I wrote such a piece. When I think of Luck Is on Its Way to You, I feel shy, but it is always on my mind.

 

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Luck Is on Its Way to You

 

 

What kind of impact do you expect your writings to have on teenagers or society?

 

I do not write to affect others. I never thought of impacting one's life or society. But I do hope my stories bring a sense of comfort to someone or bring a smile to one's face when brought to mind. It will be my greatest honor if my wish comes true.

 

What is your plan for the future?

 

I want to write stories that I like. I can't ask for more if teenagers continue to love my stories. To that end, as always, I want to have fun writing my stories. It is because if it's a story I like, I'm sure it can bring joy to others.

 

 


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