Author Interview, Junying Kirk

Author Interview #33, with multicultural writer/linguist, Junying Kirk!


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Hi Junying! Please describe yourself in 5 words:

Creative, Adventurous, Ambitious, Loving, Loyal.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):



The time has come, when I must take a good, long look back, beyond the oceans and mountains, beyond countless borders, beyond the crowds of people I have encountered, beyond my shell, and search for the meaning of my existence. Through the looking glass, tinted with the rich colours of passing years, I reflect over significant events, essential to shaping an ordinary life in not such an ordinary way.


Pearl Zhang was born and brought up in China, and she seized the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom – and stayed. How did she adjust to the Western way of life, and what did she have to do to overcome the barriers? She was in a new world, both foreign and exciting – under The Same Moon.

Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”
— Charles Dickens

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:

For me, writing is a compulsion, something I had to do. Therefore words come easily to me, most of the time. I know the stories I want to tell and the messages they will deliver, and I’m simply a medium to do it. The only challenge I have is how I can do it better, with English being my second language.

Publication is a completely different animal. Traditional publishing is extremely competitive and almost impossible to get into for the majority of indie authors. With the boom of e-publishing and amazing new technology, authors can have their work self-published and reach a global readership, however, the challenge is the promotion and marketing – how do we reach these readers?

I’ll always have a healthy respect for people who are bi/multilingual :) What is your definition of “good writing”?

I read non-stop, so I know good writing when I come across it :) For me, good writing has to have the essential ingredients of a great plot, believable characters, good writing style, wonderful use of words and images to deliver a message/messages. The different genres may require something slightly different, but fundamentally a good combination of plot, characters, pace and writing style is a must.

Yes, fundamentals will never lose their importance. Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Determination to see it through. People say that everyone has a story to tell, but how many of us actually get down to it and finish what we have started? It requires sweat, dedication and thousands of hours of lonely pursuit. Believe me, it’s all worthwhile at the end of that long winding road.

Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:


Twitter handle: @junying007

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Much thanks to Junying for stopping by! Be sure to check out her website for info/excerpts, posts about travelling, multiculturalism, and more (P.S. Junying loves Leo Tolstoy — so do I!).

10 thoughts on “Author Interview, Junying Kirk

  1. What a wonderful interview! I love the excerpt of your books! Now I really need to read them. I agree with you on the tip for writers. It is a long lonely road you have to push yourself through. Propell…propell.


  2. @Junying: Most welcome, and yes, I feel like re-reading Anna Karenina one of these days :) I have War and Peace too but I preferred AK (but I’ll try W&P again sometime). Thank you; currently cleaning up a very messy first draft of one project…

    @zeegorman: I love the excerpt too! And I guess writing is mostly a solitary endeavour (thought maybe not quite so with the “gathering of facts/ideas/research” part…)


  3. Thanks, Zee, for sharing my views, and let’s propel some more :) Jiayou, as the Chinese would say :)

    Jess, I assume you understand Chinese too :)

    Yes, writing is multi-faceted, fun pursuit too. I love the research part, especially if it means that I can travel to exotic places :)


    1. wo xi huan kan shu, ye xi huan lu xing. yi tian, wo yao qu zhong guo lu xing :)

      shang xue shi hou wo bu xi huan xue zhong wen (wo jue de hen wu liao). xian zai xi huan le!

      wo xian zai qu zhao Chinese Language Pack…好, 我找到了.


      (for those reading who don’t know Chinese):

      “I like to read books and travel too. One day, I’d like to visit China :)

      When I was schooling, I didn’t enjoy studying Chinese (I found it boring). Now I like it!

      Now I’ve got to go look for a Chinese Language Pack (to download so that I can read/type Chinese characters on this computer)…OK good, I’ve found it.”


      1. Jess,

        I hope that your plan to visit China will come true soon :)!

        Studying Chinese can be quite tedious, especially learning to write Chinese characters – it’s very repetitive and boring, so I don’t blame you. Now with Chinese software, it’s much easier. Still, I find it easier and quicker to type English.

        It is a very beautiful language though :)


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