EH Hong, Children's Author and Illustrator
Author/Illustrator, Opening the Minds of Children
Since I was a kid, I always liked doing creative things. Whether it was drawing, painting, or writing, I always had to express whatever I had on my mind. When I went to college in 2000, I originally wanted to major in Art but I got an English degree instead. I worked as a technical writer, a teacher, and did insurance for a while.
However, I never lost my sense of imagination or creativity. When I had my daughter in 2015, I started to go to the library a lot more and started to read to her at an early age. As I read to her, my mind started to bubble with ideas on books that I could write and illustrate for her. And so the idea for Mom, a Box, and Me came about. I based it on our playtime together and when my own mom introduced me to a box. When I'm not writing or illustrating, I live in Florida and love spending time with my family.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
When I write and illustrate a children’s book, I hope that children can relate to what they are reading. For Rosie’s Solo, I hope that children can see that everyone can get nervous sometimes but have confidence in whatever activity they are doing. I want children to read one of my stories and see how something make believe can relate to the everyday world and expand their imagination in a way that goes outside the box.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
When I started writing children’s books, I tried to think back on memories of my own children. For my first book, Mom, a Box, and Me, I remember how much fun I had with my own mother and box. She definitely enhanced my imagination by showing what a box can be and seeing beyond the cardboard exterior. For my second book, Rosie’s Solo, I used my experience when it came to performance anxiety. I used to do martial arts and my parents always told me to do my best no matter what happens in the end.
I am currently working on a new book called I’m Pink! So What?! that deals with learning to accept yourself despite what anyone thinks. I was bullied as a child and it made want to try harder in accepting myself and not care what anyone else was thinking.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
For school visits, I want to do book readings (at no cost) for children ages 3-7 and give them a morning or afternoon of enjoyment, learning, and imagination through the magic of words and illustrations.
Less than 5 appearances
Willing to travel