Memoir Author Conversation with Jid Lee

by Matilda Butler on January 18, 2010

catnav-interviews-active-3Post #36 – Women’s Memoirs, Author Conversations – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

Lee, Jid Join us as we talk with Jid Lee whose book, To Kill a Tiger: A Memoir of Korea, has just been published.

Dr. Lee, who teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University, discussed her unique perspective on women’s stories, on the use of dialogue, and even on important roles for agents. Our conversation, while focused on the questions posed by visitors to this website, ranged across many topics as Lee shared her insights as a woman who grew up in Korea and was taught to be subservient and who came to the US at the age of 24 and became an outspoken American woman. While her story may seem to be one of a transition between two cultures, it is a story that many women will recognize as their own. The universal theme is that of a woman seeking to become her own person while still honoring her origins.

Topics for Dr. Lee included:

- Why she decided to write her memoir

- How her Korean heritage continues to influence her life

- When to seek a publisher

- What an agent and/or an editor can do for a manuscript

- How to tell a difficult story

- What is the role of dialogue and how do we recall past conversations

Click on the triangle on the right of the audio player to listen to this fascinating conversation with Jid Lee.

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There is much to be learned by reading Jid Lee’s memoir To Kill a Tiger. As women we will find commonality in the ways that our childhood and society have influenced the roles we assume as adults. As memoir writers, we will find guidance in the way that Lee has woven history into her story.




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Matilda Butler January 18, 2010 at

Hi Jid:
It was a pleasure to interview you. Memoir writers and memoir readers have much to learn from you.
-Matilda

Susan B-K January 24, 2010 at

Thank you for a lovely interview and for sharing and answering my question. I found all her advice to be very helpful and realistic!!

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