We had the good fortune of connecting with Eunice Kang and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eunice, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
My goal is to create children’s books and so far I’ve published four—Mama What If, Mama What If: The Pirate Treasure, My Korean Alphabet Coloring Book of Consonants, and My Korean Alphabet Coloring Book of Vowels! This accomplishment was achieved because I had some habits that helped me to succeed: self-discipline, perseverance, faith, joy, and thankfulness. Self-discipline is key throughout the entire process of publishing a book which includes: writing and revising the text; illustrating; printing, publishing, and marketing. One needs self-discipline to complete the project from start to finish. It also takes perseverance as there are many hiccups along the journey. I didn’t give up and at every obstacle and or challenge, I was able to overcome it or rise to the challenge. I also had 100% faith that I would complete my goal of publishing the children’s books. Never once did I doubt I would not succeed in this venture. Throughout the process, I was intentional about keeping a joyful heart and attitude when working with others and I believe that attracts others to join and help me in my pursuit. Finally, thankfulness is an important habit and mindset. When others help me, I always express my thanks. In this way, the destination is as sweet as the journey!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Recently, I published a Korean alphabet coloring book for kids. It introduces the consonants and vowels of the Korean language (called Hangul). As a parent and as an educator, I knew how I wanted the organization and structure of the book to look like. The only thing is, I’m not skilled as an illustrator! It was a challenge to find someone who could illustrate and make my book idea into a reality! After many weeks and months of searching for an illustrator, I thankfully found the most gifted illustrator and book designer, Youngjae Koh. She is a fellow Korean-American and mom! I had to look no further than my church to find this woman! In this example, the lesson that I’ve learned along the way is divine providence in meeting the perfect person to work with! It literally was a match made in heaven! These Korean Alphabet Coloring Books were made with love and precision. And this duo is concocting more bilingual learning books in the future so stay tuned for Korean alphabet writing books for kids!  In addition, I co-host a podcast called “Ginger and Ginseng” with Sharon Lee.  Through our stories we hope to energize, entertain, and encourage families who relate to or are curious about Korean-American culture.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a best friend who was visiting my area and I wanted to show them the best time ever, my itinerary would be an epic food tour of the South Bay in Southern California. I’m a Torrance girl and Torrance boasts some of the best Asian cuisines. I would take my visiting girl friend to a delicious and healthy spicy tofu stew at Chodang Soontofu in Torrance for breakfast, I would get some Japanese ramen in the food court in the Japanese grocery store, Mitsuwa, located in the world-famous and is also one of the largest malls in the United States, Del Amo Mall in Torrance. Then for dinner, I would stuff our bellies with good ol’ Korean BBQ and Korean soju (rice-based alcoholic drink) at Baekjeong, also located in Torrance.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a huge shoutout to Sheri Fink, a fellow children’s book author and President of Whimsical World. I knew that I wanted to publish a children’s book. I scoured the internet with all the information I could possibly consume about self-publishing. I self-educated as much as I can on youtube about how to self-publish my book. However, the internet was filled with sometimes opposing suggestions, methods, and advice. That’s when I knew I needed a coach, a mentor. Sheri had 10 years and 10 self-published books under her belt! I went to a couple of her book events, I followed her on her social media accounts, and watched some interviews and webinars hosted by her. I finally took the plunge and asked her to be my book coach and she was able to remove the haze and fog from this process with her encouragement and expertise! I could not have done this without her pioneering first and her graciousness to share her experience with me. Cheers to Sheri Fink, my role model and I hope to stay young at heart just like her!

Website: https://www.mightyfortresspress.com/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/eunicekangbooks
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Other: https://www.amazon.com/Eunice-Kang/e/B07M9GTBQM

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