Penny Kim is a Washington, DC lurker and resident of Alexandria, Virginia. She is active in several area book groups that span several genres, from murder mysteries to chick lit and beyond. Currently working on her second book, her debut novel “Desert Wedding” is a compelling coming of age story for the Millennium generation.
Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Desert Wedding is about two friends and one wedding—although the friend engaged at the beginning of the book isn’t necessarily the one who ties the knot. Res and Elsie are the main characters and they’ve been inseparable for the past few years. Res is the sugar to Elsie’s spice, but that dynamic shifts after one is engaged and Desert Wedding follows the two as they make that journey.
Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
I wrote this book after I got married, and it’s very representative of that rite of passage. From the showers to the bachelorette party, it’s a book every bride-to-be should pick up to see what they are in for!
Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?
Before I’m totally done with the book I have to read the entire thing aloud, just to make sure I have every section “just right.” I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I can’t be totally “finished” until I hear the works spoken.
Do you have any advice for writers or readers?
Writers, keep writing. Readings, keep reading! It’s the only way you get to where you are going.
What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?
Res and Elsie both work, they pay bills and have dry cleaning to pick up and laundry to do. I think the real world touches bring this book to a different level of so much fiction I read. We spend so much of our lives at work and I think you’ll find some humor in their respective work places. That’s truly what sets this book apart, ordinary characters experiencing extraordinary love and friendship.
You know the scenario – you’re stuck on an island. What book would you bring with you and why?
Of course it would have to be The Count of Monte Cristo, if nothing else to give me inspiration to escape!