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Post Frankfurt Book Fair 2010/J Rose and A Note From Ichiyo in Indonesian PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 October 2010 16:04
This year's Frankfurt Book Fair has been a great success and quite a few good deals were concluded, more updates on that! I am pleased to announce that I have entered into a contract for "Japanese Rose" and "A Note From Ichiyo" to be published in Indonesian by Gramedia Pustaka Utama Publishing Group, a very major publishing and newspaper group in Indonesia. They are not only very established but also the nicest people to work with and I am very happy about it. 

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"Skirts In the Boardroom" PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 September 2010 14:53
My latest book which is 70% finished "Skirts in The Boardroom-But This is Tokyo!" has a cover! It's bold, it's saucy and it's daring and it will be unveiled soon!!

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Eric in Frankfurt PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 September 2010 14:35
The US version of "My Name is Eric" will be presented and displayed by Hannacroix Creeks Books at their stand at Frankfurt Book Fair Hall 8 R962, anyone of you going to Frankfurt do drop by to have a look at Eric!!  

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Interview in hungary PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:45

This is an excerpt of my interview in Hungary with EKultura for the Hungarian version of "Japon Rozsa." I was very happy to be invited to do this interview because it provided me with a link and person to person contact with my Hungarian readers whom I appreciate so much for their support and interest in my book! Köszönöm!!

Interview with EKultura

 

Japanese Rose is a story of a female kamikaze pilot, which seems to be a nonsense, as only men could be kamikaze pilots. So I wonder where this idea came from?

 A: Yes I agree, a female kamikaze pilot? It seems ridiculous but one day I was just looking into the history of kamikaze pilots after watching a National geographic program and an old man at the library told me about this dark rumor that there was a female kamikaze pilot which was never proven. Unfortunately I didn’t get the contact of this old man because it was only later that I became intrigued with this idea of a female kamikaze pilot who maybe did or didn’t exist but in any event makes a very powerful and moving story.      

Please, tell me about the writing of the book. What kind of research you did, from where did you draw inspiration? 

A: As I said, my very first interest came after watching a program on kamikaze pilots on National Geographic but even then I just toyed with the idea till I met this old man at the library where I was reading up on these ”Wings of God” pilots and heard about this rumor of a female kamikaze pilot. I was fascinated because, although there are lots of literature and books about kamikaze pilots, no one had ever written any book on a female one or even thought that one could ever exist! I did extensive research but came up with nothing about the existence of female kamikaze pilots but the idea just wouldn’t go away so in the end I told myself, I had to write this story, maybe the spirit of the female kamikaze pilot whose existence will never be verified in history is asking me to tell the world about her?     

What was the response to this book in the other countries where it had been published?

A: So far this book has been translated and published in Spanish by Ediciones B which was released in March this year and although I haven’t got the actual figures yet, I hear the response is good as whetehr a female kamikaze pilot existed is an intriguing subject, shrouded in mystery and fascinating! This book has also been sold to a major Chinese publisher, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Indian but release date has been set for 2011 and my publishers are confident that response will be good. This year at Frankfurt book Fair a number of languages notably German, French and Polish have shown very great interest in this title and I expect we see Japanese Rose in these languages soon.   

 If one takes a look at your homepage and your other books, she or he can clearly see that you prefer writing about special people and events, of whom and which most of the people know little, if any. Why is it so? Why is your affinity for these „hidden” themes?

A: Well, I don’t want to write about things and people that are already known and have many voices speaking for them. You know, there are many historical events and people that the powers that be are ashamed or just do not want publicised like e.g. Awa Maru, although thousands of lives were lost, it is an uncomfortable subject for the US which torpedoed the ship by mistake and for the Japanese government because of the negotiations made to suppress this event in return for massive compensation which didn’t go to the victims. These people are dead they can’t speak of their stories so I decided let me tell their story for them! Its the same with Okichi Saito and Ichiyo Higuchi, both very courageous women whose stories are hardly known internationally although their suffering did touch the international arenas, Okichi through Townsend Harris and Ichiyo if you look at the Japanese 5000 yen notes circulating round the world, he rface is there looking out at a world who knows little about her! 

Could you please tell me a little about all your other books? Only in a few sentences?

A: Well, as I said in answer to your earlier questions, I write mostly about very famous women of great historical impact on Japan and in some cases, the world as well, because their stories are fascinating and I feel its a pity they are not told enough! But I am an emotional writer so I tell these stories not in a boring documentary way but in a novelised form. I am now writing a contemporary novel called ’Skirts in the Boardroom-But this is Tokyo!” 

Do you use autobiographical elements in your books? Or some parts of the lives of your relatives?

A:Oh yes, where do writers get ideas but by listening to people, observing people and learning from people and I am no exception! In fact, some of my books have elements from real events in the lives and times of my ancestors Like Japanese Magnolia, Like A Willow Tree just to name a few. In fact, one of my relatives joked, „Don’t talk too much to Rei, she records everything down and later she writes about us!” He was only joking, of course!    

Please, tell me about yourself. Who is Kimura Rei? Where are you from?

A:Oh, my goodness, where do I start? I am, what you might call, a unique Japanese, maybe very unconventional as well, this may be because I never really grew up in Japan, my dad was a medico and he went to a lot of places to set up hospitals and improve medical services and as a child I lived in a lot of interesting and sometimes outlandish places. As such, I was exposed to a lot of different cultures and people from a young age  and that made me grow up a very ’international” person and I am very adaptable to every culture and lifestyle! I guess this interest in people and their diverse cultures first sowed the seeds of my interest in writing.   

How did you become a writer?Have you studied writing? Do you have favorite writers who made a big impression on you and your style?

A: As far as I could remember, I have always been interested in writing, even as a child! I remember I published my first book called ’The Magic Sword” when I was 15 years old! I was paid $250 and felt so rich because $250 then was a lot of money!!No, I never studied writing to write but I do have a diploma in Journalism from Australia although I was writing and getting published even before that so no, I never studied writing, I just wrote!I have so many writers I like I don’t know where to start! From the classic ones like Yukio Mishima to the contemporary ones like Haruki Murakami, I don’t think any particular writer influenced my style of writing but they certainly gave me ideas especially for my historical novels.     

Do you have a special place or anything else that you need for writing (for example, a special hour of every day, or a special pen or laptop, whatever)?A:Not at all! I know writers are supposed to need peace and quiet to write and that is why there are writers’ communes etc but for me, what is important is the ideas and not the place. I can be sittng in a train or waiting for my flight or even for a client meeting or at a coffee shop and I get sudden spurts of ideas and inspiration and I can write there and then, oblivious to the noise and people around me! Once I wrote 2 chapters in a busy airport waiting for my flight!  In fact, I’ll tell you a secret! Parts of ’Japanese Rose” was written on a flight, an airport and even in Starbucks! That is why I have my little netbook in my bag wherever I go, just in case!  

How do you live nowadays?

A: By ’live’ I guess you mean where or what i do? Well, I am shuttling between Singapore and Japan and besides my writing which is my passion and my life, I also work as legal consultant in real estate. I am a lawyer by training and profession as well and although I enjoy law, you know what my real love is! 

What are you working on at the moment, and what plans do you have for future books?

A: . I am now writing a contemporary novel called ’Skirts in the Boardroom-But this is Tokyo!” The synopsis is posted in my website www.kimura-books.com its a wicked but very real story about the struggle of young Japanese professional women out of their ’fate’ as corporate tea and coffee ladies, the story centers round 4 such women who have made it and are the skirts in the boardroom! After reading this book, I hope the Western myth of the submissive Japanese woman shuffling at least three steps behind her man will be broken forever! There is already a lot of interest in this book although it will be completed only first quarter of next year.        

I know you’re a big fan of dogs, you even wrote a children’s book about your dog, Eric. Please tell me about it: dogs and their funny stories!

A: Yes I absolutely adore dogs and the book I wrote ’My Name is Eric” is not exactly a children’s book but more a kind of dogography which adults and children alike can enjoy. It was inspired by my own pomeranian dog, Eric who was so human that he insisted on behaving like one and being treated with respect, like a man! If he was just an ordinary dog, I might not have felt moved to write this book but he was truly very special and did everything a dog wasn’t supposed to do! The book is written in the first person as he tells his own story and ends with a poignant reflection that ’I will not think of death because for now I have a lot of living to do!”

 I also know that you travel a lot. Can you draw inspiration from your journeys for writing?And what were the best and most beautiful places you’d ever been to?

A: Oh yes, every place I have visited is special and every place has stories that need to be told and my travelling inspires me particularly when I write about people and their needs and aspirations. I think Peru which I visited when I was writing about Alberto Fujimori. It was in 1997 and Peru was like a million miles away from Asia! The journey took 2 days and I had to change planes 3 times and I almost fainted when I arrived but when I saw the people, the culture, the history, even the mummies, all the fatigue just melted away! Later when I visited Machu Pichu it was like the most beautiful place I had ever been!  I’ve seen that your books have been published in many countries.

Do you have any kind of relationship with your readers? Do you do signing sessions, or, for example evenings when you read extracts from your books to an audience?(And any message to your Hungarian readers? J)

A: I love my readers, they are the reason why I keep writing! I want to have a relationship with every one of them and many do write me emails which I try to reply without fail, these emails make me realise that my books are read and loved in many countries and for that reason alone, I will never stop writing maybe till I am too old to type on my netbook! I do attend book signings when publishers invited me to do so and I have given talks and question answer sessions, one of the best was when I was asked to talk to a hall ful of students at an international school in Jakarta and aspiring young writers asked me for advice and help to realise their dreams, it reminded me so much of my own days of youthful dreams and aspirations and really moved me to see the hope in their eyes!  To my Hungarian readers, I want to tell you how much I hope you will like what I have written for you, you cannot imagine how much I want to be able to speak and read Hungarian at this moment so I can have a proper relationship with you and not through an interpreter!  Because my Hungarian readers mean so much to me, I have tried and learnt how to say one word, for a start, Thank you,  Köszönöm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 
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