ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BLOODY SEOUL
“With each book, Sonia Patel expands the boundaries of YA fiction. This is a mesmerizing, singular coming-of-age story, drawn indelibly in beauty and brutality; love and violence.” --Jeff Zentner, author of Morris Award winner The Serpent King
“In bold, simple prose, Sonia Patel tackles the universal themes of bullying, family, loyalty and compassion. An unforgettable story filled with tension, drama, and humor.” --Fred Aceves, author of The Closest I’ve Come
A photo collage of a bit of my BLOODY SEOUL journey.
Top row: Left- Cover lettering, Right- how I see the main character, Yi Kyung-seok (aka Rocky), in my mind's eye
Middle row: Left to right- I don't smoke, but Rocky does. Rocky wears fly, expensive suits like his dad (who happens to be the most notorious gangster in Seoul), always carries his knife, and always, always dresses sharp.
Bottom row: Rocky drinks soju with his boys, visits the Han River often, likes to make the yolk in his bibimbap "cry" (just like his mom taught him), and loves opera (Pavarotti is his favorite).