First Draft Episode #209: David Yoon
David Yoon, debut author of Frankly in Love, talks about how writing a rom-com turned into writing about his greatest fears; portraying aspirational male friendships; and working to be able to write from a place of unconditional love.
Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
The term “latchkey kid” refers to a child who returns from school to an empty home, or a child who is often left at home with little parental supervision, because their parent or parents are away at work.
David was reading Stephen King at an early age, as well as The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence were some of the books David read at an early age, at his dad’s behest
BTS is the only Kpop David knows
The TV show VEEP can be mean-spirited, but it’s so good at it that people still love it
David did the JET Program, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, for three years after college
David and Nicola both attended Emerson college to get their MFA
David was in the Emerson MFA program with Gregg Rosenblum author of the Revolution 19 series
I share my fav quote from Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of the books in the Grishaverse, including the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology, and the King of Scars duology, as well as author of forthcoming adult novel, Ninth House (listen to her episodes of First Draft here and here)
The addictions of writers like Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein are often romanticized. In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert tackles the masculine language of pain and suffering surrounding art, dispelling the myth that writers need those things to be creative
When David watched Frozen, he wanted to know what happened with the parents
David’s favorite advice is from Margaret Atwood: “Read, read, read. Write, write, write.” He adds: Go to therapy.
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