Today is the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Last month, I joined a group of WWII fiction authors and published the short stories anthology Pearl Harbor and More: Stories of December 1941. We were delighted that the Self-Publishing Roundtable Podcast elected to feature us in their episode this week and interviewed several of our authors including myself. You can tune in to hear what we have to say about our stories. My part of the interview starts at the 54 minute mark. This time, I shared a lot of tidbits and details about "Christmas Eve in the City of Dreams" and Rose of Anzio, plus the next novel I'm writing. Hope you all enjoy it. http://selfpublishingroundtable.com/sprt-171-pearl-harbor-and-more-stories-of-wwii-december-1941/ Today, I'm also the featured author interviewed on the website This is Writing. Click on my avatar below if you want to find out more "behind the scenes" of my stories. My Online Interview
WARNING: This blog post contains spoiler of Book 4 - Remembrance. Jesse Garland is no doubt the most memorable character in the Rose of Anzio. I know because many readers have written to me about him. I didn't plan for him to enter this story. When I write, I don't plot or outline. I let the muse take me where it wants me to go. Jesse materialized when I was writing Book 2-Jalousie, when I had in mind to create an 18-year old solider who would be akin to a (more…)
Stories of WWII: December 1941 On December 7th 1941, a pivotal event took place that changed the face of World War II. Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes carried out a devastating surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. By December 11th, the United States was at war with the Axis Powers in the Pacific and European theaters. World War II raged for almost another four years, but the entry of the world’s greatest economy into the conflict profoundly influenced its course. (more…)
The final book of Rose of Anzio will be released this week. I cannot believe it is all coming to an end. I've never been one to make new year's resolutions, but this year, I think I have completed a personal goal for 2016. The Rose of Anzio will be finished and published. As we come to the end, I want to share with you some of my experience behind the scene. (more…)
Last month (Sept 2016), I took a WW2 tour of Italy to visit the sites I had written about in Rose of Anzio. I'm happy to now share with you the photos I had taken, which I had posted on my facebook page. It was truly a remarkable trip, and I hope you enjoy these. To see the albums, just click on the album title. Album 1: From Licata to Naples Album 2: Cassino City Album 3: Monte Cassino Album 4: Anzio Album 5: Cisterna
e-scribe.com recently reviewed Rose of Anzio Book 3. I am thrilled that they liked it. Here is an excerpt: "Kang depicts both the horrors and fears of war alongside the softness and subtleties of romance as if they were born to marry—despite the obviously immense challenges of polarising imagery. We see the many facets of war, not just the battles but also the personal struggles and decisions faced by troops and commanders, and those they encounter along the way. Kang has the unusual skill to place the reader inside the characters’ minds as if we are reading their thoughts and seeing through their eyes. Thus, it becomes, soon, not a tale, but our reality. Kang is unafraid, too, of weighty narrative; she does not shy from the depth required in order to depict the severity of the situation, nor does she once falter in recounting fine details. There is no hiding behind superficial froth; this is as incisive in its historical accuracy as it is heart-rending in its romantic themes." To read the full review, visit: http://www.e-scribes.com/rose-of-anzio-desire
If you have been reading Rose of Anzio, you know that Tessa Graham, the heroine of the story, served as an army nurse for the U.S. 33rd Field Hospital during this fictional account of the Battle of Anzio. One of the true historical event which I had incorporated into the story was the February 10th bombing of the 33rd. The second piece of artwork that graphic artist Jeff Brown did for Book 3-Desire was an allegorical depiction of this bombing event. In the illustration, Tessa and Jesse Garland were (more…)
Last year, I had the pleasure of working with the Altabe Studio on an anime and illustration project. When I began releasing the Rose of Anzio, I asked Altabe's lead designer, Christine Chong, if she might like to create a graphic novel depiction of a scene from Moonlight. She asked me to provide her a script of the scene. At first, I had wanted to choose a romance scene between Anthony and Tessa. However, one of the early readers of Rose of Anzio suggested that the scene of Tessa and her parents would be interesting. The more I thought more about it, the more I liked the idea. The result is this wonderful two-page illustrated version of the scene of Tessa's departure from England in Chapter 7 of Moonlight. I was absolutely thrilled to see the result. In creating this scene, Christine and I looked through many old photos of early 1940s fashion, as well as search for a real Bulova watch that was manufactured in that era. Afterwards, I shared this with the subscribers to this site. One of the subscribers, Nuria Marquez, the artist who did the lovely pencil sketched fan art of Tessa and Anthony, colored it. What she did was lovely! I'm delighted to be able to share these with you. Hope you enjoy it. You can follow the Altabe Studio on their Facebook page.