Ms. Hong’s first novel, KEPT: A Comedy of Sex and Manners, the story of a group of young New York aristocrats unable to accept their obselescence, was published by Simon & Schuster US, in August 2006, to great acclaim. It was published in German by Blanvalet in August 2008. Previously she was a Senior Columnist at the Financial Times Weekend, US Edition, in which capacity she originated and wrote a weekly television column and other articles on culture. She has hundreds of published articles to her credit, which have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, and The Forward, among others. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Young Journalists Grant. She spent six years in Paris as a journalist for France 24, an international news network.
She spent her childhood between the US and Seoul, Korea, and has also lived in Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Philosophy. While at Yale, she co-founded Rumpus, a very juvenile campus humour magazine that remains in continuous operation. She holds a Higher Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in the UK but seriously doubts that being a sommelier would be a good fallback option. She is fluent in English, French, German, and Korean.
She is currently working on a rock opera about the creative partnership between the singer Meat Loaf and his songwriter, Jim Steinman.