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Monday, April 16th, 2018 — 9:41am PDT
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Riding bikes through the trails of Green Timbers, hanging out at the mall in Guildford, backyard barbecues, and sleepovers with friends from school where we didn’t have to speak French like in our immersion classes. Michelle Kim‘s new book Running Through Sprinklers is a fictional tale of young friendships, family, and growing up in Surrey, BC.

If you recognize Michelle’s name it’s because she’s an occasional contributor to and one of my first childhood friends – ever since we met in the courtyard at Hjorth Road Elementary. To celebrate the launch of her book, which has been published by Simon & Schuster Canada, we’ve put together a Q&A:

Running Through Sprinklers

How and why did you decide to write this book?
Running Through Sprinklers Michelle KimMichelle: “I was in university, heartbroken over some guy, and my mom came to take me for lunch at a deli on 10th. I remember sitting there, eating my soup, when I noticed a group of four elderly women sitting next to us. I listened in on their conversation and they were all thanking each other for being there when each of their husbands passed away. It got me thinking about the importance of female friendship, in our later years and when we are young. Preteen girls have such intense friendships with each other, it’s almost like a first love. Then I started to think about how so much emphasis is place on romantic love, and unrightfully so. I think as women, female friendships are the backbone of our emotional health, and in a way, our lives.”

How did the concept evolve from when you started writing it to when it was fully developed?
Michelle: “I wrote three pages for an assignment at UBC. It was a scene where two girls eat ramen (which is now the beginning of the book); I didn’t think of it too much but then I wrote more scenes, in no linear fashion. Years later, when I had enough scenes, I stitched it all together, but it still wasn’t quite working. So I put it to the side and began working on films. After writing and directing my first feature film, The Tree Inside, I decided to tackle the novel again using what I learned from filmmaking and everything clicked. It was a long process but I’ll say I’m so happy it worked out the way it did because otherwise I would not be a filmmaker and my book would not be what it is today.”

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Why write about growing up in Surrey?
Michelle: “Looking back, I’ve come to realize what a privilege it was to grow up in Surrey. It’s incredibly multicultural. The people here are very hardworking. I’m just so grateful. In a way, Running Through Sprinklers is a love letter to Surrey.”

You can purchase Running Through Sprinklers online now or find it on the shelves of your local bookstore. If you would like to win your own author-signed copy, I have a one to give away! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 2:00pm on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The winner will have the options to pick up their copy in person at one of Michelle’s upcoming book signing events around Metro Vancouver.

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  1. Jason B says:

    Main St sounds good.

  2. jan says:

    nicely done Michelle

  3. Wynne says:

    I love a book giveaway and this local novel sounds like the perfect summer read.

  4. Candice says:

    I’m actually looking forward to reading this!!! I feel like so many memories will come flowing back.

  5. Luc says:

    Would love to read a Surrey based story

  6. Joèl says:

    I love YA novels. And this one sounds great. Congratulations to the author!

  7. Sunshine H says:

    Love hearing the origin stories for books. Thank you for the chance!

  8. Stacey says:

    Would love to read this!

  9. Shelley Butcher says:

    Running through sprinklers sounds like an amazing story!📚

  10. Hadley says:

    I will be getting this regardless but thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Lynn says:

    Looks like an interesting book!

  12. Maya says:

    Great! It would be a great contribution for my class:)

  13. Brittany says:

    Would love to read her work – I grew up in Surrey too!

  14. Tammy says:

    Love to read this book.. Cool!

  15. Elaine says:

    Love this! Sounds like a great read that will remind us of growing up in the Lower Mainland. Thanks for sharing

  16. Teresa K says:

    Would love to win.

  17. Eileen says:

    From Surrey too!

  18. Kara says:

    I’d love to win this and to support a local author! I am a bookworm so any new book is good by me.

  19. Tabby72 says:

    I”d love a chance to read this, and share it with others!

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