I am a writer, singer-songwriter, poet, mom, seeker, daydreamer, and cheerleader of the human spirit.  There is always a new project on the horizon, whether it be a new book idea, making an album with my husband, gearing up for the next NaNoWriMo, or finger painting with the kids. I try to find a balance between the big fabulous dreams, and the small daily moments that lead me there.

I grew up in the Unification Church, a new religious movement, which taught me many things, including random Korean words. But most of all, helped me develop an appreciation for people of all different faiths and backgrounds. I have a special place in my heart for the quirky, odd, and sincere people who dare to live their lives outside the accepted norm, even if they sometimes wish they could be "normal." 

 I happily live with my husband, two sons, and parents in law in New Jersey. I am perpetually waiting for summer-- or if it's summer, I'm at the beach.


 


Writing

 I love writing and singing for kids (and kids at heart!) My first book was published through Paper Dove Press, a company I founded in March, 2015. The World God Made For Me, an interfaith picture book, was a successfully funded project on Kickstarter, and became a real life book in December 2015. I am currently working on a follow up to that book, and hope to expand my  publishing company to include other authors and illustrators whose work relates to interfaith and diversity.

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My work often touches on themes of identity, gratitude, and the many paradoxes of life, especially in the search for truth. Writing, whether it be a song or an essay, has always been like a prayer-- to a higher power, to myself, to whatever connects one heart to another. On the page is where I am able to make sense of who I am and where I ponder the big questions and the never ending answers. I have been writing since I knew how, and received my B.A. in English at Temple University with a focus on creative writing. My creative work has been featured in literary journals including The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, and Red Fez, and I am currently a contributing writer at DPlife.info.


As a team member of KidLit TV, you can hear my music on many of their shows including the theme song for, Ready Set Draw! I also premier new songs on my Facebook page and am working on my first full length solo album. 

Long before I knew how to write, I could sing. On the playground, the church choir, or alone in my room, I was always making up songs. When I finally got a guitar at the age of 13, my songwriting took off. I wrote songs for class projects, entertaining my classmates and earning A's from teachers (I suspect partly out of sheer admiration for the scrawny teen me, lugging around a big guitar). 

In college I performed at open mic nights and events in Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles. I've busked in a Piazza in Rome, Italy, and performed in a palace in South Korea. I've sung to 4 year olds, and 15 year olds as part of my time with AmeriCorps working with youth in Paterson, NJ. 


In 2004, I won first place in the CARP Songwriting competition and my song, "Peace is in Our Hands" was featured in a special compilation album.

In 2009 I joined the Lovin' Life Ministry music team, where I sang with the bad Sonic Cult every Sunday at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. I traded in the stage a year later for bedtime songs and nursery rhymes with my then toddler and baby boys. 

In 2012, I teamed up with my husband, Koichi Nakai, who is also a musician, as Peace Aquarium, to create the album, "Man of Peace." A good portion of it was recorded in our minivan.

Check out Peace Aquarium here. Available on SoundCloud, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play