Sarah Creviston Lee

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Sarah Creviston Lee started first grade wanting to be a writer and has been writing ever since. Then at the age of thirteen, she fell in love with history and the World War II era while working as a volunteer at a local historical society museum. Since then she's volunteered and worked for various museums including the President Benjamin Harrison Home, Conner Prairie, and the Utah State University Museum of Anthropology where she worked for three years as Collections Photographer.

Sarah is a proud Hoosier, born and raised. She currently resides in Maryland with her wonderful husband, three adorable children, and flock of quirky chickens.

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As far as I know, I think I may be the first to write an historical fiction about this particular aspect of WWII, and that is always…more
Hi Aurora,

As far as I know, I think I may be the first to write an historical fiction about this particular aspect of WWII, and that is always exciting!

To get into the Korean mindset, I did a number of things for research. The biggest thing is that for two years I had been watching Korean TV. I had a French teacher in college tell me that the fastest way to learn a language if you don't live in the country is by watching their TV. While I know TV isn't the most accurate picture of a culture, I did find commonalities between so many of the shows, and that helped me better understand the Korean culture as a whole. It also helped me learn a lot of common words and phrases, which is always fun! :-)

Besides that, I cooked and ate quite a lot of Korean food. I took my family to a local, popular Korean restaurant several times, learned how to cook some of the food myself, and even tried my hand at kimchi. Hands-on learning is sometimes the best way to understand a culture, especially when it comes to food. I even went to a Korean festival with a friend and the food there was phenomenal!

Another thing I did was to do as much scholarly research and read as much as I could find about Korean Americans in wartime. There wasn't a lot out there, but one doctoral thesis was extremely helpful. Understanding how they lived and felt and thought during the time filled in a lot of the gaps.

The last thing I did was I had two Korean women I know read my final book draft. They were from two different generations and were mother and daughter. They were able to find and correct various aspects of the language and food as well as a few other minor mistakes. The mother told me, though, that I had gotten Alex's way of thinking and the culture spot on, which is always what an author wants to hear! I can say that all those hours devoted to watching Korean TV and studying the culture really paid off!

I hope that answers your question. Thanks for your interest and if you get a chance, I'd love for you to review my book here on Goodreads or on Amazon. Thanks and take care!(less)
Sarah Creviston Lee Some people do exercises, some people work on other things, but I like to wait. If I'm experiencing a block, I think about the problem over time - a…moreSome people do exercises, some people work on other things, but I like to wait. If I'm experiencing a block, I think about the problem over time - a few days, a few weeks, sometimes even years. I "stew" about them until an answer becomes apparent. I'm more of an organic writer, so this process works for me. Many times it helps for me to talk about the problem with several close acquaintances whom I trust to gauge their different opinions. Talking through plot problems helps a lot and many times this method works. But most of the time I have to wait.
I've noticed, too, that I arrive at solutions when I'm in motion. I took this idea from an author hero of mine, Nigel Tranter, who would take long walks in the Scottish country side as he worked out story ideas. I find this works with walking and even driving. Motion propels thoughts.(less)
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My kids and I went to a fun museum earlier this year. I'm a sucker for vintage technology, so The National Capital Radio & Television Museum was right up my alley. Its sister museum, the National Electronics Museum, is another one we visited for a separate field trip, but I'll be posting about it later.

The NCRTV Museum is in an old house which lends a cozy feel. I had my baby in a stroller... Read more of this blog post »
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