When I started writing "Flower Swallow," I had no idea how smoothly everything would come together. It was always my hope to publish three novels this year, but with our family moving and adjusting to rural living with chickens, goats, and a big water tank that needs to be filled every couple days, I figured I'd have to wait until next year to publish my next North Korea novel.
Thankfully, the Lord let everything fall into place so Flower Swallow is completed and going through its last rounds of cosmetic editing. I'm so excited about the main character Woong, a precious and whimsical youngster who survived the horrific North Korean famine to tell us all his story of redemption.
For the next couple weeks, I'll be offering snippets from Woong's life in his own words in my "Twelve Days of Woong" blog series. I hope you come to enjoy him as much as I have. For the first day, here are a few paragraphs from chapter 1 of Flower Swallow.
Papa was a fisherman, which means we ate all right. Well, ’least until the famine, but that didn’t start ’til later. Having a fisherman Papa is nice because he’s gone early in the morning when you’re asleep, so you don’t really miss him so bad. And then when he comes home, if Mama’s not too upset with you yet, she gives you this little nod. That means you can go out and help Papa clean the fish. Last week, Teacher, you asked me to think of something I was good at, and I couldn’t at the time, so I’m gonna put it down here and then you’ll know. I’m better at cleaning fish than any boy in our school. Any girl too, but you probably coulda guessed that already.
Anyway, life was pretty good, ’least if you didn’t mind eating plain old fish every day or taking too many thrashings from your sister. But you know, I was never scared of Min-Jung. First of all, when she wasn’t knocking my wind out, she was all right, but if you ever meet her, don’t tell her I said so.
The "Twelve Days of Woong" series includes short snippets from my upcoming novel, Flower Swallow. Get your pre-publication copy NOW when you donate to Liberty in North Korea or read it free on Wattpad.