The Influence of Personal Experiences on Writing Wicked Fox | Guest Post by Author Kat Cho

Author of Wicked Fox

POSTED ON June 5, 2019 BY Austine IN Blog Tour, Guest Post

The Influence of Personal Experiences on Writing Wicked Fox | Guest Post by Author Kat Cho

Good morning, readers! Wicked Fox by Kat Cho will be out in a few weeks and to celebrate, Penguin Teen has put together a fantastic blog tour all month long filled with exclusive content, reviews, and more!

Today, I’m excited to have Kat Cho on NovelKnight to talk about how her personal experiences influenced her as she wrote Wicked Fox! It’s a fantastic post so make sure to keep reading, and don’t forget to check out the book farther down and the rest of the tour schedule!

And just as a heads’s up, I’m reading Wicked Fox right now and it’s SO so good! Definitely one you want pre-ordered!

The Influence of Personal Experiences on Writing Wicked Fox

by Kat Cho

In Wicked Fox, I incorporated locations in Seoul I had visited or spent a good amount of time in. It’s a bit of my love letter to a city that I’ve adored since I was a kid. So, many of the named places are actual locations you can visit! I’d definitely suggest checking out Myeongdong, Namdaemun, and Gwangjang Market! (I am actually seriously considering doing a WICKED FOX travel tour for my friends).

I also drew from my own childhood a lot while writing the book. A huge part of my Korean identity came from family. I grew up in central Florida, so there wasn’t a robust Korean (or even Asian) community for me to associate with. Therefore, being Korean, to me, meant being with family. That also meant food! So, I incorporated a lot of those feelings and visuals into WICKED FOX.

For Jihoon and Miyoung, family is everything. But for each of them family manifests in different ways. For Jihoon, he is hurt by rejection from his parents, and is soothed by the all-encompassing love from his halmeoni (grandmother). His grandmother is also an amazing cook, so often-times love equals food for Jihoon. (So be assured, there are a few good food scenes in WICKED FOX!) For Miyoung, family is her mother, Yena. And only her mother. Yena has been Miyoung’s whole world and only constant for her entire life. And therefore, she lives her entire life based on Yena’s rules and expectations.

This actually brings me to another one of the themes in WICKED FOX: filial piety. In a nutshell, filial piety means you should respect your elders—specifically your parents—and live your life in a way that honors them and their expectations. It’s not necessarily a spoken thing, just an expectation that many Korean kids live with, even diaspora Korean kids. For me, a lot of parental expectations were tied up in academic expectations. So, it was really important to me as a kid to succeed in school and go to a good college. I remember being so stressed during my senior year of high school, I once cried after a math test. To be fair, I put a lot of extra pressure on myself because I am a total low-key Ravenclaw.

For Miyoung, respecting her mother’s wishes means living her life as a gumiho and ignoring her human side. AKA killing without remorse. However, this is harder for Miyoung than she lets on. She feels guilt every time she kills another just so she can survive and therefore, she turns to a friendship with a shaman who can commune with ghosts and identify murderers and criminals for Miyoung to feed off of. In this way, she has existed trying to balance both her needs to meet her mother’s expectations and her need to assuage her guilt over her murderous lifestyle.

I loved exploring how some aspects of my own Korean childhood would manifest in two completely different characters. And I loved making them figure out that a lot of their problems stemmed from the same source of loneliness. In each other, Miyoung and Jihoon found someone who they could really be themselves with. Which, in my experience, is the best gift a friend can give another.


About Kat Cho

Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly, that book was not published. She currently lives and works in NYC and spends her free time trying to figure out what kind of puppy to adopt. Kat’s YA contemporary fantasy debut, Wicked Fox, comes out with Putnam Books for Young Readers/Penguin in summer 2019.

The Influence of Personal Experiences on Writing Wicked Fox | Guest Post by Author Kat Cho
Wicked Fox
by Kat Cho
Series: Gumiho #1
Published on June 25, 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret--she's a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead--her gumiho soul--in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl--he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He's drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon's.

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Tour Schedule


June 3 – Reverie and Ink
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June 4 – Read by Tiffany
Review + Creative

June 5 – NovelKnight Book
Author Guest Post: How did your personal experiences influence writing Wicked Fox?

June 6 – Read Forevermore
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June 7 – Moonlight Rendezvous
Review + Playlist


June 10 – The Book’s Buzz
Creative Instagram Picture + Blog Content

June 11 – Xenatine
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June 12 – Mike the Fanboy
Listicle: Favorite Fox Characters in Movies and TV + potential background on the fox myth

June 13 – Vicky Who Reads
Wicked Fox Phone Wallpapers

June 14 – Forevermint
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June 17 – Beverage and Book
Creative Instagram Picture + Playlist

June 18 – A Court of Crowns and Quills
Review + Creative Instagram Picture

June 19 – The Fandom
Author Q&A

June 20 – A Novel Escape
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June 21 – Hollywood News Source
Listicle: Kdramas to Binge After Finishing Wicked Fox


June 24 – Amber after glow reads
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June 25 – High Lit
Review + Author Guest Post: If you were born as a Gumiho, would you see it as a blessing or a curse?

June 26 – That is Mari
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June 27 –  Folded Pages Distillery

June 28 –  Bookwormgram
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One response to “The Influence of Personal Experiences on Writing Wicked Fox | Guest Post by Author Kat Cho

  1. Danielle Hammelef

    I do have this book preordered and can’t wait! Will be reading this summer.