In Search of the Write Space" is an ongoing author spotlight at MEAGANSPOONER.COM

In Search of the
Write Space:
Lydia Kang


Lydia Kang is an author of YA fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. She is a part-time physician in internal medicine and occasionally blogs about how writers can accurately maim their characters. She believes in science and knocking on wood, is an unapologetic salt addict and thinks Star Wars should have been Ewokless.

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This week I have Lydia Kang, the lovely author of CONTROL, which is coming out this winter from Dial Books! I blog with her over at the League of Extraordinary Writers, and if her writing is half as awesome as she is, we’re going to be in for a treat when it comes out! Stick around until the end of the post for a chance to win some awesome CONTROL swag!

The Tour

So this is where I work these days. It looks comfy but I never fall asleep here. Notice there is a working pay phone next to my chair. My hubs received it as a gift. The kids will sometimes call us using this phone (no coins necessary!). And yes, sometimes they call me when I'm sitting right next to them.

My side table. It has my stuffed manatee (a "writeratee" with my name stitched onto its belly, from my blog friends Krispy and Alz), a 15 minute hourglass for when I get really distracted and need to get some wordage done. Wasabi flavored almonds, because I'm always hungry, and a planner for all things writing related. I have a little synesthesia when it comes to dates and months and my iPhone calendar isn't always visual enough for me.

This is what I saw from my window all spring while I worked--a pair of robins nesting under our gutter. It was so cute, until the mom started eating the baby poop. Gross. That kind of housecleaning is well beyond the call of duty. Hahaha. I said duty.

Our last surviving pet Vietnamese stick bug. I thought I'd take a picture because when it comes to writing, it is by far the LEAST distracting thing that exists in my house. So low maintenance.

by Lydia Kang

When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn’t even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.


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8 Responses

  1. Elisquared says:

    I can’t believe she has a bug for a pet! Even if they are calm and awesome, I can’t get over that it’s a BUG! I’d die. But it’s so cool to get a small glimpse into other people’s worlds, especially authors! So thanks for such a amazing feature!!

  2. Ha! I love the stick bug! And the phone. And the fact that your kids call you on it when you’re right there. :D

  3. Vivien says:

    I love the picture of the Robin! My husband and I just recently bought a bird feeder. It has brought so much joy!! Should have done it sooner.

  4. Okay, you win the award for coolest phone ever. :)

  5. Loved seeing Lydia’s workspace. Glad to see I’m not the only one not working at a desk these days. Loved the phone.

  6. Jai Joshi says:

    I love the payphone! So cool, now I want one and I freaking hate phones.


  7. Coolest bug EVER. CONTROL sounds amazing. I covet your comfy chair.

  8. Julie Dao says:

    I love this feature – so cool to see where all of these fantastic writers work! Thanks for sharing your space with us, Lydia. Such a cute manatee from Krispy and Alz (those talented gals! they drew a picture of me on a unicorn that I plan on printing out and keeping for inspiration) and that is one freaky bug!

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