Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday Savvy Sensation: Lydia Kang

It's Saturday. And that means I have a Savvy Sensation to share with you: Lydia Kang. And let me tell you, she's super sensational.  She's a mom, wife, part-time doctor, and a writer. She's also hilarious and beautiful, just take a look at her pic. Her debut novel, THE FOUNTAIN, is out in 2013. But you don't have to wait until then to find out more about her. Read on...


Who are you (what do you write, what are your personal stats)?
I'm a mom of three kids, a part-time primary care internist, and my passion is writing. I eat way too much salt, have a love of young adult fiction, and am geektastic at heart. I'm represented by Eric Myers of the Spieler Agency and my YA sci-fi novel, The Fountain, is coming out in 2013 (Dial/Penguin).

Where can we find you online (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.)?

My blog is called The Word Is My Oyster. On Mondays I answer fictional medical questions and track down bizarre illnesses to fan the flames of inspiration for other writers. Wednesdays are usually random writing-related stuff. Fridays I host authors. I have been known to blog about zombie ants and stinky medical conditions.

When did you begin your online platform building?
In March of 2010. My second blog post ever declared how I was going to quit blogging. Luckily, I ignored that sentiment and just kept going. 

What is your message, if any (is your blog about anything specific, for example)?
Don't eat as much salt as I do. Pretzels are not a food group, unless you want to wake up with sausage fingers and puffy eyes on a daily basis. I'll leave it at that. 

How have you built your followers? What have you done that has been the most successful?
I used to seek out new blogs and new civilizations, boldly going where no one--oh crap, that's the wrong line.

Take two. I used to seek out new blogs, and most of the time, people would follow back. Those who liked my content kept coming back. I participate in a few blogfests every once in a while, because I can find new blogs (and bloggers can find me) and it doesn't feel like I'm smarmily stalking strangers. 

The bottom line to my success, I believe, has ultimately been content and being myself. I think that Medical Mondays, which I was very embarrassed by at first, ended up being a big draw. It's really unique. I've embraced it completely. And I am truly myself on the blog. A little kooky, at times serious, but generally there to hang out with people I like and talk about what I'm passionate about--writing. :)

What have you done that has failed?
I have been unable to make cold fusion work. I also can't bring Elvis back from the dead. Oh I'm sorry--were we still talking about blogs? 

I don't proactively check blog posts as often as I should. I simply can't--I have over 1000 followers at this point, and my first priority is always visiting the blogs of my commenters. Until I can figure out how to alter the space-time continuum, that will be my biggest failure.

How much time do you spend blogging? Reading blogs? Commenting on blogs?
I probably spend three hours each Sunday writing a week's worth of posts. I spend anywhere from 1-4 hours on M,W, and F checking blogs and visiting commenter's blogs.  I feel horrible if I don't visit my commenter's blogs within 2 days.

What else should we know about you?
I can cuss in sign language. I'll never show you though, it's too dirty. 

Any additional advice for our readers?
Learning how to write fiction has included a series of mini-nirvanas for me. Show vs tell. Make every sentence count. Tension. Character arcs.  Writing crappy stuff and having people tell you it's crappy is part of the process. The trick is to find people who will tell you it's crappy in a nice way. 

What makes you unique?
My eleventh toe. Just kidding. People always praise me for doing so much--working, writing, momming (yes, I just made up that verb), making up verbs. But I'm far from perfect and I'm always late. Always. 

Okay, but seriously? Here's a secret to my inner neuroses. I always had this fear that I was smart but not smart enough. So I worked my a** off in school to get where I am. I think that when I tackle some new project, I put in 120% effort for fear that 100% of me is never good enough. That recipe has always worked for me so far. But at the end of the day, I'm always worried that I'm not good enough.

Okay, should I charge you for this session, or what? 

Thanks Laura for having me!

Um, wait, were we playing the psychiatrist in the end there, cuz then I should be charging you! So glad to have you Lydia. Congrats on everything you have accomplished and have yet to accomplish. You're savvy, sensational, and something else.

38 comments:

Catherine Johnson said...

Great interview Laura and Lydia. I agree with you about visiting blogs. My google reader is fit to burst. Have a great weekend!

AlexJCavanaugh said...

Lydia is an awesome blogger!
I have over a thousand followers and agree that it's impossible to keep up with everyone. You do good Lydia.

Sarah Pearson said...

I really enjoyed this. I've been following Lydia for a little while so it was nice to learn more about her :-)

Marcy said...

I've been enjoying Lydia's blog for a while - medical Mondays are definitely quite interesting.

LydiaK said...

Thanks for having me, Laura. This was a lot of fun! :)

Roland Yeomans said...

What? You can't make cold fusion work? I thought you could do everything. You seem to find 25 hours in each day, packing them and your blog with humor, kindness, and wisdom. Forget about cold fusion. You have accomplished more with your children and your blogger friends! Roland

Heather McCorkle said...

Wait, what do you mean pretzels aren't a food group... uh oh... Excellent interview ladies! It was fun to learn more about you Lydia!

Old Kitty said...

Lydia Kang is just wonderful even with her 11th toe and failure to make cold fusion work - tsk, tsk! LOL!

But seriously, thank your Laura for having fab Lydia here - her medical posts are legendary!!!

Take care
x

LG Smith said...

Great interview. I can't imagine having a thousand followers and trying to keep up with everyone. Wow.

Julie Hedlund said...

Great interview (and funny!). Thanks!

Wendy Ewurum said...

She;s really awesome, i love her blog.

Patricia J. O'Brien said...

Darn, I was all primed to find out about the extra toe! I love Medical Mondays, BTW. Fun interview, ladies!

Carol Riggs said...

Excellent and fun interview! Thanks to both of you. :) Love the verb inventing--and wow, 1000 followers. If I ever attain that, I will be doing what you do, just dog paddling to keep up with the comments (that's plenty of blogs to visit, Lydia!!).

Carrie Butler said...

Hooray for Lydia! She's one of my favorite Bloggers ever. :)

Great interview, Laura!

Misha Gericke said...

I love Lydia's blog. Especially Medical Mondays. :-)

Becky said...

Great interview, Laura! I just love Lydia. I don't even remember how I found her, but I'm certainly glad that I did! It's nice to meet you, too, by the way! :)

Riya Dean said...

Awesome interview! I love visiting Lydia's blog.

Lydia, I would like to learn the sign language...

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Great interview - Lydia's blog is always interesting.

Slam Dunks said...

Insightful Lydia. I am impressed that you write all your posts on Sunday. I should be more organized and efficient.

LauraBarnes said...

She is an awesome blogger! Definitely one of my favs. Thanks for commenting :)

LauraBarnes said...

I enjoyed learning about her as well. Thanks for the comment :)

LauraBarnes said...

Medical Mondays are a great feature and a true example of putting to use what you have experience with. Thanks for the comment :)

LauraBarnes said...

No, thank you! I hope you can come back again sometime. Good luck and congrats on all your projects!

LauraBarnes said...

There are so many worse things than pretzels though, right? Thanks for the compliment! I'm glad you enjoyed :)

LauraBarnes said...

Your welcome and thank YOU!

LauraBarnes said...

1000 followers gives me a headache just thinking about it...

LauraBarnes said...

You're welcome!

LauraBarnes said...

Thanks!

LauraBarnes said...

I love her techniques to keep up, though. She seems to know how to keep up!

LauraBarnes said...

Thanks!

LauraBarnes said...

Thanks for the comment, Misha!

LauraBarnes said...

I don't remember how I found her either, but I'm so glad I did. Thanks for the comment and nice to meet you too!

LauraBarnes said...

I know a fair amount of sign language myself, but not enough. Maybe in my next life we can all learn together :)

LauraBarnes said...

Thanks!

LauraBarnes said...

Me too. Last month I was pretty good at getting posts done a month before. Then Nano hit. There's no cure for NaNo....

Becky said...

P.S. I'm pretty sure I found Lydia on B.O.N. - Bloggers of Note. Are you familiar with them, Laura? They were a couple of very cool women who ran a blog highlighting "bloggers of note." They quit doing it some time ago...maybe a year. But I found some of my favorite bloggers and best friends through them.

LauraBarnes said...

I am not familiar with them - I only began getting into the blogging scene this summer. I should check out there archives. Thanks!

Coleen Patrick said...

Great interview Laura! I'm off to check out Lydia's blog :)

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