Monday, August 31, 2009

Day 267 - Q&A with Author Sang Pak

Please welcome author Sang Pak to mis(h)takes! His debut novel WAIT UNTIL TWILIGHT was released earlier this month and it was definitely a different experience.

If you haven't already, check out my review.


A little background info before we go on:

Sang Pak is a Georgia-raised writer with English and Psychology degrees from the University of Georgia. He is currently on hiatus from New York University’s graduate program in Psychology. He divides his time between Georgia, Southern California, and Seoul.

You can visit his website here.


Me: Can you describe what your novel is about?

Sang: A Sixteen-year-old boy discovers a set of deformed triplets whose mother believes they were immaculately conceived. Soon, the babies have taken hold of his waking and sleeping thoughts, and, unable to escape them, he decides to save them, but their shut-in mother and violent older brother want nothing to do with him. Set in a small Georgia town, this psychologically complex story of survival and self determination explores the dark, often contradictory worlds of young contemporary life, laying bare the ugly truths and secrets that haunt all of us.

Me: WAIT UNTIL TWILIGHT isn’t your average coming-of-age story. What inspired you to write Samuel’s story?

Sang: It’s inspired from a set of dreams I had during a two week period a couple of summers ago.

Me: What do you think the hardest part about writing this novel was for you?

Sang: Keeping fresh eyes as I kept revising it over and over. Everything starts to bleed together and it’s imperative the eyes have a fresh clear view on the material otherwise you can get completely lost.

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Sang: No. It was the most cost effective artistic endeavor I could come up with. I only needed my laptop to a complete finished project.

Me: If you weren’t a writer, what other career would you pursue and why?

: Can’t imagine another profession. Maybe bartender in a bar in a very far away place. Just because it sounds good.

Me: What are you currently working on?

Sang: I don’t talk about works in progress. Bad luck.

Me: Who are some of your favorite authors?

Sang: Herman Hesse, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Raymond Carver, Tolstoy, Yukio Mishima, Flanner O’connor.

Me: Are you reading anything at the moment?

Sang: Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.

Me: Was there an underlying meaning you want your readers to take away from your novel?

Sang: The interplay between Chaos/nihilism versus order/belief and the choice an individual makes between the two. Because of this I see my novel less as a southern gothic or coming of age story but more of a metaphysical fairytale.


Thank you so much for the opportunity to read your novel and for taking the time out to visit my blog to answer some questions. Be sure to get a copy of WAIT UNTIL TWILIGHT, I promise you an experience. Stay tuned for a guest post by Sang Pak tomorrow!


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