Edited Out: One Dream too Many

Edited Out: One Dream too Many

“Never start a novel with a dream,” the experts say. Some go even further and caution against including dreams at all—unless you’re writing fantasy or magic realism. Why? Because, they say, dreams are illogical. They jump from one image to another with no rhyme or...
Edited Out, Part Five: Going to the Dogs

Edited Out, Part Five: Going to the Dogs

What do kimonos and dogs have in common? Not much. Unless you’re reading The Kimono Tattoo. Midway through the novel, protagonist Ruth discovers that the Tosa dog has an intricate and unfortunate connection to the mystery she is trying to solve, namely, what happened...
Book Talk: Still Celebrating The Kimono Tattoo

Takeaway: Gripping Literary Thriller

Indie authors have to hustle to get their books reviewed. Just before my publisher released The Kimono Tattoo, she and I scrambled to find journals willing to carry a review. I was disappointed time and again when journals turned us down. It’s discouraging really. My...
Beginning at the End

Beginning at the End

“And isn’t it better really to leave things only hinted at?” This is a well-cited line from Tanizaki Jun’ichirō’s 1929 novel Tade kuu mushi (translated by Edward Seidensticker, Some Prefer Nettles). The protagonist’s father-in-law utters the line midway through the...