Author Name: Gerald Yeung
Genre: Travel Memoir, Humor
Books: Kong Boys (2020); Wannabe Backpackers (2009)
Are you a full-time author? If not, what’s your side gig? I am a tech project manager aspiring to be a full-time writer one day.
Favorite authors/books: Authors: Bill Bryson. Lauren Weisberger. David Sedaris. Augusten Burroughs. Books: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. A Wolf at the Table. Born a Crime.
What experiences or people have influenced your writing the most? I love reading about other people’s travels. I live vicariously through books like The Motorcycle Diaries because I don’t have the grit to “rough it out” like many people. When I took a “backpacking” trip with my childhood friends the summer we turned twenty, I decided to keep a journal. One thing led to another and I discovered my passion for writing (and what I like to write about).
Do you keep a writing journal and if so, how do you use it? Only when I travel. A few years ago, I made the switch from pen and paper to my iPhone. Storyist is a good app for writing.
Do you belong to a writers’ group? If so, describe your experience: I don’t but would love to one day.
Are you up with the sun or do you burn the midnight oil? Up with the sun for sure. I go to sleep at 10.
How do you get over a writing slump? I reread my favorite books and passages. They inspire me to tell myself, “well, I think I can do this.”
Do you prefer writing dialogue or descriptive passages? Dialogue comes more naturally to me.
What are you working on now? I’m taking a break after releasing Kong Boys this summer. Next I would like to try fiction.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about writing and publishing a book? Write something that interests you first. Writing should be enjoyable. Then think about what may interest your readers.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which podcasts do you find the most interesting? Yes. Fantasy Football Counsellor is my secret to get ahead in my fantasy league. 🙂
Favorite escape: Golfing on an early Saturday morning
Have you ever tried Kombucha tea? I have not!
Do you prefer a couch with pillows or no pillows? Without for sure. I even started sleeping without pillows.
Would you rather rake leaves, shovel snow or weed? Weed. I spent seven years in Upstate New York and have had enough snow for the rest of my life.
Favorite mask – disposable paper, plain fabric, colorful print or something else? Anything reusable and eco-friendly
Biggest writing challenge since Covid-19: Keeping up with my two small kids at home (20 months and 4 months)
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