Stories to Love

52. From stand-up comedian to author with Suzanne Park

November 13, 2022
Stories to Love
52. From stand-up comedian to author with Suzanne Park
Show Notes

Welcome to the Stories to Love podcast. This is episode 52. My guest today is author Suzanne Park. 

Suzanne Park is a Korean American writer who was born and raised in Tennessee.

In her former life as a stand up comedian, Suzanne appeared on BET's "Coming to the Stage," was the winner of the Seattle Sierra Mist Comedy Competition, and was a semi-finalist in NBC's "Stand Up For Diversity" showcase in San Francisco.

Suzanne graduated from Columbia University and received an MBA Degree from UCLA. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, female offspring, and a sneaky rat that creeps around on her back patio. In her spare time, she procrastinates. Her novels have been featured in “best of” lists in NPR, Popsugar, Real Simple, Country Living, Bustle, Buzzfeed, Marie Claire, Parade, Shondaland and The Today Show.

In this episode we discussed her most recent work: The Christmas Clash. We discussed finding the inspiration of her book within her small town, the shades of grumpy and sunshine characters, the nuances of generations of immigrants and birth orders, the pressure of representation, and doing something new in each one of her books. We also talked about her time in stand up comedy.

Suzanne and I had a fantastic conversation—my goodness, I laughed so much! 

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Links discussed
Gloria Chao’s When you Wish Upon a Lantern
Stephan Lee’s K Pop Revolution
Dustin Thao’s You've Reached Sam
Jeff Bishop's A Heavy dose of Allison Tandy


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