Next Stop, Japan Station

Next Stop, Japan Station

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Tony Vega about The Kimono Tattoo.  Tony runs the podcast JapanKyo, which features news clips from Japanese media in addition to stories about Japan.  Tony hopes his podcast will provide a trusted conduit...
Black Bears and Inspiration

Black Bears and Inspiration

“Have you seen that big ole bear?”  Earl’s lip curled in a smirk. It was the second time I’d seen him since arriving at the cabin for my writer’s retreat. Earl lived at the bottom of the mountain in a small wooden structure that at one time might have been tidy but...
Messengers of Imagination

Messengers of Imagination

In Japan, many consider birds messengers of the gods. They fly between the world of the living and the heavens, carrying our prayers and dreams on their wings.  The entrance to a Shinto shrine is marked by a large gate known as a torii, which literally translates...
Cover Reveal!!

Cover Reveal!!

You wrote the book.  You found a publisher. (Finally!) And now the book is making its way to market, which means to bookshelves in book stores.  To READERS!  Others will read what you spent so many years writing.   Or will they?   What if they...
Beginning at the Beginning

Beginning at the Beginning

It starts with birds. I wasn’t sure how to begin at first.  I sat at the oilcloth-covered table in the cabin, gazing out over the porch, thinking back to Kyoto.  I had already decided to set my novel in Kyoto.  In order to write about Kyoto, I had to...