For 11 years, I wrote at faboomama and for various Los Angeles blogs on the city and its politics. Some of those older articles can be found on this site. This site is where you can find articles on:
- Los Angeles: Events, Places, People and Politics
- Food, Recipes and food security
- Gardening & DIY
- Korean entertainment: Dramas, Music and Movies
If you need an article or chapter written on any of these subjects, I look forward to your consideration.
Beyond journalism, I also write books and am looking for representation. I am currently working on the following:
- Children’s book for early readers tentatively titled The Last Tortilla.
- Children’s book or chapter book for pre-teens following the antics of two siblings based loosely on my children, tentatively titled Code Name: Razzle Dazzle and Chubber Chunks.
- Non-fiction on similarities between Korean and black American cultures through food and entertainment. No title as of yet.
- Script for a family comedy loosely based on my life with the working title Animated Ahjumma.
- Fiction novel with the based on a 2014 news story regarding the possibility of some buildings having a different entrance for their affordable housing tenants, titled Rich Door, Poor Door.
Like most writers, I fell in love with books at an early age. I can remember the books I used to read over and over. Everyone in my family are readers. There was never a shortage of books when I visited my grandparents or aunts and uncles. I was the kid who read the dictionary and phone books for fun.
My first published work was in 1983 when I was a 5th grader. Unknown to me, my 4th grade teacher had submitted a poem I wrote to a long-forgotten children’s anthology. It was accepted and printed the following year. That was when I decided that I will write a book, despite wanting to be a lawyer and architect.
In college, I had several part time jobs in retail and hospitality, but I earned the most money as a writer. I was a speechwriter for Muslim women. I wrote articles on travel, music & pop culture for ‘zines around the world. Naturally, I wrote papers for my fellow students, too.
During this time, I was also the Program Director and News Editor for my college radio station, as well as on-air talent. This experience and my Broadcasting & Journalism degrees led me to work at record companies, radio stations, newspaper and magazines. I’ve written for national publications focused on fashion, health & beauty, travel and automobiles.
Eventually, I received a Communications degree, focusing on PR, Advertising and Marketing. That was the springboard that allowed me to work at print media organizations in a different capacity, along with talent agencies and worldwide ad agencies.
I still wrote independently. I was fond of writing short stories, music lyrics and poems. I’ve done a lot of ghostwriting on behalf of executives, diplomats and celebrities from around the world. In 1995, I started my first blog as a means to keep in contact with my family. By 2004, I was running three different blogs; architecture/design, politics and music. I eventually sold all of those blogs and created faboomama which was personal, political and local all at once.
My latest work was published in the Tell Your True Tales #4 anthology.