A.N. Kang was born in a small rural town in South Korea. My family lived in an apartment building, where there was nothing but endless rice fields around us. Three of us - my sister, my little brother and I - used to run around catching frogs during the summer and dragonflies in the fall. There wasn't much to do in winter unless it snowed. Unfortunately we didn’t get much snow. So we entertained ourselves with picture books. An illustrated copy of Aesop’s Fables and Hans Christian Andersen stories were my favorites. I read them every day, cover to cover. Eventually the books fell apart but that didn't matter.


I drew when I got tired of looking at the same pictures. I could draw all day. I looked forward to the first day of every month because my mom would tear off the past month calendar page and give it to me to draw on. I always filled up the entire paper quickly and waited for a new month to begin.


When I was 17, my family moved to the States. My high school art teacher, Mr. Morris, put me in a special art program and guided me to go to an art college. College wasn't nurturing as my high school but it shaped me as a commercial artist.


Some would say pick one career and stick with it. I went the complete opposite direction. I wasn’t trying to be rebellious. I was just very curious. I started out doing magazine editorials, and book covers. Soon I got into designing home decor and it led me to other work designing jewelry, bags, greeting cards, package designs and so on. I dabbled in sculpting giftware as well. I have never turned down any projects even if I wasn't sure how to do it. I learned as I went and it was exciting. For the last five years, I have enjoyed designing window displays and holiday installations in all over New York City.


A picture book about a fluffy cat was my dream project for years. In 2013, something inside told me to go for it so I did. I quit my job as a display designer and worked on my book full time. My story was picked up by Hyperion-Disney in the following year. The picture book, ‘The Very Fluffy Kitty Papillon’ will debut in September 2016. This has been the most fun challenge I ever had and I’m very grateful to be able to experience it.


I am currently living in New Jersey with an adorably plump kitty, Papillon. I still juggle different projects everyday as a freelance designer and I am loving it.

A.N. Kang is represented by Elena Giovinazzo.

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