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30 January 2013 By Carley Milligan, Staff Writer No Comments

Over the years, Towson University has produced several students who have gone on to become famous for TV acting, winning game shows and starring in movies.

Towson alumna Nadia Kim represents one of these stories. She built her fame, publishing two fiction novels, “Reflection,” an urban fantasy and romance novel and “Love Curse,” a young adult paranormal romance story which will be available for purchase early February.

Kim, a former writer/photographer for the Towerlight, graduated from Towson January 2002 as a mass communication major pursuing a career in photojournalism. It wasn’t until a few years out of college that Kim said she needed a change in her life and wrote her first book book.

“I spoke with a lady at work who gave me two books that changed my life,” Kim said. “One is called ‘No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days.’ I read it and then decided to just sit down and write a book in 30 days. And I did it in 27.”

Kim said she chose to self-publish both of her books after learning from a friend that the process can actually be stress-free.

“I found there are a few great critiquing websites that I have used and I learned so much from other writers on there,” Kim said. “I used to fear someone stealing my work and I didn’t have anyone I trusted to read my first novel.

Kim published her novel through critiquecircle.com, a website allows writers to submit their own works and receive feedback from others using the site. It runs on a “tit for tat” policy, Kim said, meaning when you read and review a chapter from another writer, you earn points that you can then use to upload your own works.

Kim said her novels are geared toward college students and that she aims to create protagonists that are relatable. The characters struggle with self-discovery, something she feels to be a common insecurity of many students.

“My goal is that the messages like loving yourself, dealing with fears, overcoming adversities, believing in yourself will resonate on a subconscious level and help others find the strength in themselves to do the things they were put on this earth to do,” Kim said.

As a child and young woman, Kim battled poor self-esteem.

“I was very depressed growing up and no one knew it because I held it all in. I thought I was being strong,” Kim said. “I believe that it’s important to build up the self-esteem of our youth, including even college students and adults.”

Kim is currently working on the sequel to “Love Curse” as well as a vampire novel.


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