Samurai Awakening wins the Crystal Kite Award
When I moved to Japan, nearly every day was full of new experiences, wonderful people, and rich culture I didn’t want to keep to myself. In addition to this blog, I began writing my first novel, initially titled True Samurai. Like many projects, it evolved and grew with the input and help of friends, family and eventually Tuttle Publishing. After nearly three years, I was finally able to hold Samurai Awakening in my hands last October.
The book industry is a vast space full of differing interests and fields. Plunging into it was frankly scary, with many paths leading towards unscrupulous companies and individuals waiting to profit off the unwary writer. Luckily, I was introduced to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This worldwide organization provides support, knowledge, and encouragement to the content creators that bring new stories to young people around the world. The members of SCBWI, especially in Arizona and Japan have been incredibly supportive in welcoming me to their ranks, and sharing their wisdom.
The friendliness and open willingness to share is an amazing and important help in today’s changing marketplace. I’m humbled that such amazing, talented people chose Samurai Awakening as their member’s choice award. Thank you to to SCBWI Japan and all the members who voted for my work. I only hope I can be the kind of positive influence everyone at SCBWI has been to me.
I’m thrilled to be one of the recipients of this amazing award. Be sure to check out the award winners from other regions on the SCBWI.org website.
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Where to find Samurai Awakening
You can find Samurai Awakening from your favorite local independent store, or order from one of the links below. Thank you for your support!
Finally, don’t forget to check out all the Crystal Kite winners. For a list or excerpts head over to Gallycat.