This is my first novel. My special connection with both Japan and with writing started at a young age. My love of Japan was triggered by my love of Japanese Koto music, after receiving a cassette tape, which my father had brought back from one of his many business travels abroad. I self-published a booklet of poems at the age of nine. One of her poems, about peace, even grabbed the attention of a later-selected Nobel Peace Prize Winner.
Many aspects of the book are based on my own life story. At the age of twenty-four, I was invited to spend one year with the Japanese Shinto community, Oomoto, living on the grounds of their Shinto shrine in Kameoka, a city in the countryside of Kyoto.
I hold a Japan-focused MBA from the University of Hawaii and The Japan-American Institute of Management Science. Following my studies, I spent a decade leading business negotiations between Japanese and non-Japanese firms. At the age of thirty-nine, I had my first, and so far only, child, the light and love of my life and the inspiration for writing this novel.