Like many aspiring authors before him, Hua Hin resident Kim Bigelow has long had a hard time impressing publishers. However as his interview with the Royal Coast Review revealed, he’s not to be deterred, Kim has moved on to impress one of the most popular and widely read magazines in America, and perhaps in the world. The ‘Saturday Evening Post’ has long attracted the best of the world’s writing talent.
As the oldest magazine in the U.S., the Post can trace its lineage back to Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette. The first edition of the Saturday Evening Post was published on 4th August, 1821. For almost 200 years, the Post has been publishing a who’s who of American authors — F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, to name just a few.
The Post continues to promote the power of narrative and support the legacy of storytelling to a worldwide readership; best known for publishing stories and essays, but also due to its painted covers, most famously by Norman Rockwell.
Kim’s submission to the Post was ‘Anastasia’, his short story entry for publication in their annual Anthology. Each year the editors of the Post compile and publish an anthology of the best short stories and novelettes from submissions received during the year.
That submission has resulted in Kim being contacted by the Managing Editor to inform him that they have chosen “Anastasia” to appear in their 2020 Anthology. The message was that “Anastasia” stood out from all the other stories.
But Kim is much more than just another aspiring writer, his mastery of English prose has been grounded on a long apprenticeship. His CV includes an early scholarship to the Northwestern University under the tutelage of renowned American film producer and script writer Garry Marshall. That lead to a career in film and tv production, copywriting and directing before turning to more academic pursuits.
There’s been important roles as the face of US universities, presenting English language programs, in Korea, China, the UAE before taking up positions in Thailand; including at both the local international universities, Webster and Stamford.
Retirement has ‘released’ Kim to concentrate on writing, based on his wealth of worldwide experiences and memories. Kim has been listening and ingesting stories from around the world during his travels, sometimes from students or just the characters and situations from many different cultures; they are so many just begging to be told.
That’s meant he has authored over 100 short stories and five novels. Sometimes he’s ventured into self-publication; for example, “Don’t Make Me Laugh”, an anthology of 17 humorous short stories about Chicago and other foreign countries or “The Third Alternative”, a dystopian novel of the future.
There are many more works to be published and maybe the Saturday Evening Post exposure will open the door of more publishers. If you see a K. A. Bigelow book on the shelf or online; it’s bound to be a good read.