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Sonju: Interview with Wondra Chang

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Launching My Debut Novel At 75

July 16, 2022 | By Wondra Chang for Women Writers Women Books

Grandma Moses started painting at the age of 78 and wrote an autobiography at 92. My debut novel, Sonju, was launched when I turned 75.

I came to the States in 1970 when I was 24. My two children were born and raised here. They speak perfect English. You would think that my English, too, would be perfect, at least near perfect after fifty years speaking it and working as a psychotherapist for over two decades. But that hasn’t been the case for me… read more

The Big Texas Read with Wondra Chang, Wed., June 22, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Big Texas Read with Wondra Chang

Join Gemini Ink and Writing Workshops Dallas on a free reading and discussion of Wondra Chang’s novel, Sonju, from the comfort of your home. Set against the historical background of the humiliating Japanese occupation and the horrors of the Korean War, Sonju portrays one woman’s journey to personal liberation. This session will be moderated by Jay Brandon. More details at Free on Zoom.



Kathy Ramsperger’s Story Hour – Live with Wondra Chang!

Recorded June 19, 2022

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Wondra Chang

Wondra Chang was born in South Korea and has lived in the U.S. since 1970. Her writing discipline began at age 10, writing five short stories a day under the tutelage of a writing teacher. She won first place in a province-wide in-person writing competition. Her short story was published in Daejon Ilbo, the daily … Continue readingWondra Chang

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Sonju, Wondra Chang’s debut novel, was recently selected as one of the Best Indie Books of 2021 by Kirkus Reviews. Credit: Bria Woods / San Antonio Report

San Antonio author Wondra Chang scores with debut novel Sonju

by Robert Rivard February 11, 2022

Retired family therapist and Korean immigrant Wondra Chang has proven at age 75 that it is never too late to write that long contemplated novel or memoir. While achieving such an inspiring accomplishment herself, the San Antonio author has done much more.

Sonju (Madville Publishing, 2021, Dallas), Chang’s debut novel, was recently selected as one of the Best Indie Books of 2021 by Kirkus Reviews, a striking accomplishment for a first-time author.Read the whole article:

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Pulpwood Queens book club picks San Antonio author Wondra Chang’s debut novel Sonju

Deborah Martin, Staff writer
Feb. 2, 2022 Updated: Feb. 3, 2022

San Antonio writer Wondra Chang has vivid memories of the stories family members shared when she was little.

“I had a chance to be with a lot of older people,” said Chang, 75. “My grandmother and clan women would get together and talk about old times. “My older sister doesn’t remember those stories, but I listened to them. I found it very interesting.”

She drew on those stories and her own experiences growing up in South Korea to conjure life in a rural village and in the capital city of Seoul for “Sonju,” her compelling first novel. It follows a resilient young woman with modern ideas trying to find her place in a very traditional culture. Sonju’s story unfolds against the backdrop of war and the dramatic social changes that took place in the country between 1946 and 1969.

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Jane VanVooren Rogers interviews author Wondra Chang about her debut novel, “Sonju”.