Welcome to a place where stories bloom.
In my earlier years, during the final days of the summer reading program at a local public library, I proudly (and a bit embarrassingly) towered over my peers as one of the oldest kids participating. Books were magical! Those years were some of the most vivid times in my life. I wrote books and songs in elementary school and jr. high while enthusiastically encouraging friends to learn them. (One of my best friends, Joy, still knows every word of my “rainbow” song!)
My respect for well-crafted stories grew — on our high school newspaper, in journalism/communications in college and grad school (writing for the Daily Bruin at UCLA,) working with Reading by 9 at the Los Angeles Times, and even now, as I write for children, newspapers, and magazines.
Stories may serve as an escape from the mundane or a refuge from painful realities in life. Sometimes they’re used to teach and other times, for pure entertainment. Whatever the initial draw, truly great stories bring us back, linger in the soul, mold who we are, or encourage us to be the children God created us to be. And for me, stories for youth especially, can be deeply profound, moving, and yes, FUN beyond what my adult mind must linger on.
So join me here (on instagram, twitter, facebook…) and enjoy a good story.
Ann Suk Wang
photos by ASWang