Victoria Namkung, Journalist, Essayist, and Author
After drafting her debut novel and expressing concerns about how her first work of fiction would be received, she turned to a close friend and trusted advisor, expecting profound wisdom and reassurance. As Victoria describes it, her friend responded, “'You just have to be Beyoncé.' I was expecting her to say something about literary agents or social media strategy, but instead it was those six words, and they snapped me right out of my fog of worry. I knew exactly what she meant: I had to be bold, confident, and unapologetic. After all, a huge part of Beyoncé’s allure is her boss status and undeniable power as a global influencer and entertainer. She woke up like this.”
A LA-based writer for over 15 years, Victoria has been published in numerous publications, among them the Los Angeles Times, VICE, Huffington Post, USA Today, and Washington Post. She holds a masters in Asian American Studies and, in addition to her work as an author, is a stem cell donor and advocate for Be the Match (@bethematch). Her debut novel, The Things We Tell Ourselves, was published in 2015.
Huffington Post by Victoria, Photograph via XOJane