Welcome to our writing world: It goes without saying that YES we are sisters as well as authors and co-authors of ten highly acclaimed books – novels, nonfiction memoir and award-winning children’s books.
Winter-Spring 2021: Author & Book News During a Time of Covid-19:
Very cool site launched by Linda Sue Park featuring kids books by Korean American authors (yes, we’re included!): KiBooka
Check out this cool video in an ESL classroom in Indiana using our book My Freedom Trip: A Child’s Escape from North Korea.
Frances: THAT LONELY SPELL: Stories of Family, Friends & Love, (Heliotrope Books/Spring 2022) deals with the universal themes of love and loss, often reflecting my unique Korean American background. My parents arrived in this country in 1954; for my psyche, a generation too soon: “According to me, and surely the US Census Bureau, we were the only Korean family in West Springfield”.
Ginger: My historical middle grade novel THE HUNDRED CHOICES DEPARTMENT STORE (Fitzroy Books, a division of Regal House Publishing) will be published on March 25, 2022. The book is inspired by my mother’s remembrances of her family’s painful struggles during the Russian invasion of their hometown and ultimate flight south, across the 38th parallel to Seoul, just prior to the outbreak of the Korean War. To learn more about the book, visit Ginger’s Fitzroy Books author page here: The Hundred Choices Department Store.
For this year’s SCBWI Local Reading Challenge, Ginger adopted Mrs. McArdle’s third grade class at Rolling Valley Elementary School in Fairfax County! She will be visiting (virtually) her class TWICE this year to talk books, her writing process, and the life of an author.
Frances and Ginger are delighted to announce the publication of The Secrets of the Waterfall – a short story curated from their previously published novel To Swim Across the World – in the Winter 2019-2020 edition of Mason Street, the literary magazine of Newark Public Library.
To celebrate API Heritage, Ginger was a featured author on Glen Echo Adventure Theatre Story Time & Author Interviews.
We recently completed our latest picture book manuscript entitled ORPHAN SONG, a universal story of two children orphaned by war. ORPHAN SONG portrays deep love, desperation, wit, and survival with a sweet-sour glimmer of hope at the end.
Frances was recently shortlisted for the Dzanc Novella Prize, and has just completed novels BLUE RICE and AHN LOVE. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Bellevue Literary Review, Spirituality & Health, The Chicago Quarterly, The London Magazine, OZY, Arts & Letters and Gulf Coast Journal, among others. Her poignant story “You Two Are So Beautiful Together” (The Massachusetts Review/Summer 2016) earned a spot on the Best American Essays Notable List.
Ginger recently completed a middle grade/young adult crossover novel titled MERMAID GIRL. Set in Sinuiju, Korea during the Japanese occupation, this part historical, part love story, chronicles her family of hoteliers during an era when few hotels catered to Korean families, thus illuminating a colorful world unknown to young readers.
Frances and Ginger also co-own Chocolate Chocolate, a magical little sweet shop located in Washington, DC, voted BEST CHOCOLATE SHOP by the readers of Washingtonian magazine. Since you can’t visit us online due to Covid-19, please visit us online. In the meantime, we were featured on NBC Washington.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Or send us a note with your thoughts. We always love to hear from our readers. To write to us separately please email Frances at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ginger at: email@example.com. Or contact us both at: firstname.lastname@example.org. See our other book covers below, and please visit both our Adult Books and Children’s Books pages to order and learn more about all our books!