The Ones Who Misbehave, By Hanna Lee

Get to know author, Hanna Lee

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Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.   I’m a Korean transracial adoptee.  I grew up in a predominantly white environment which was a huge cause of trauma for me.  Dealing with ignorance and racism my entire life triggered me when Covid hit and I began seeing the rise in hate crimes toward Asians.  I knew I could never conquer my own fears and overcome the rage I felt inside if I didn’t start speaking up.  I conjured my book from my own experiences that were brought boiling to the surface as well as addressing some of the other experiences others were having during the pandemic.  This is the first book I’ve ever written.  The one I had to write in order to not completely lose my mind.

The Ones Who Misbehave, By Hanna Lee

The Ones Who Misbehave, By Hanna Lee

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?  I wrote a book called, The Ones Who Misbehave as a way for me to cope with the extreme feelings I was experiencing seeing so many injustices during the pandemic.  When I began writing it, I encountered many different responses when reaching out to the Asian community for the first time in my life.  I wanted to include all aspects of racism a transracial adoptee can experience from the world around them.  Including Asians’ own beliefs and biases toward Asians, they see as white adjacent.  I was inspired to make sure the world was able to see a clear view of the struggle I’ve had becoming part of a world that was stolen from me.  And also for people to understand that we all need community and to find our people to thrive and heal.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?  My most unusual habit…I guess it would be avoiding face-to-face conversations with people.  I’m riddled with anxiety and self-doubt.  I become extremely embarrassed when I have to talk to others in person or via face chat.

Hanna Lee, Author of The Ones Who Misbehaved

Hanna Lee, Author of The Ones Who Misbehave

What authors, or books have influenced you?  This is going to sound crazy, but I love love Jane Austen and all of her books.  They’ve influenced me in huge ways because I’m not an eloquent speaker but Jane Austen’s characters always know the most elaborate ways to put their most passionate feelings as well as their most sarcastic retorts.  And that’s something I keep in mind when I speak to people.  How would Jane have her character put this?

What are you working on now?  Right now I’m taking a year off from working to focus on bringing systematic change to the international adoption issues and combating the still rising rates of Asian racism occurring in America.  I am also going to begin taking college courses to learn more about my Korean history and culture.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?  I find that social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Clubhouse are my main go-to’s.  They’re extremely helpful when sharing any updates about my book and for people to find my author’s website.

Do you have any advice for new authors?  Let your feelings and the message you’re passionate about consume you.  Don’t be afraid to let yourself go to the deepest depths of your emotions.

The Ones Who Misbehave, By Hanna Lee

The Ones Who Misbehave, By Hanna Lee

What is the best advice you have ever heard?  Tell your truth.  When I began questioning if I was going to write a book this personal, my aunt advised me that all of my anxiety about how this would affect others around me should be put aside.  And told me it was my story and I should tell MY truth.  Most meaningful advice I could have received.

What are you reading now? The Body Keeps The Score – Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

What’s next for you as a writer? I’m entirely unsure.  Right now I’m just basking in the excitement of this one!

What is your favorite book of all time?  This is the most difficult question so far.  It changes based on where I’m at in my life, age, experience, etc.  But if I had to choose just one from my entire life, it would be the Velveteen Rabbit.  Because there are happy memories of hearing my mom read it to me as a child, and deeper experiences of reading it and understanding it on a different level, as an adult. 



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