Crystal Kite in Tokyo

IMG_0770_1This past weekend I was in Tokyo to attend and speak at the 2013 SCBWI Japan Showcase. While I was there, I was presented with the 2013 Crystal Kite award for the Asia/India/Middle East region.  My debut novel Samurai Awakening won this year’s peer chosen award. It was an honor to receive the award and I was able to meet many other Japan-based writers.  The trophy was presented by Regional Adviser Holly Thompson, author of The Language Inside.


While I was there, I talked about some of the inspiration behind my novels, especially the inclusion of my experiences on school trips with my past students in Revenge of the Akuma Clan.  Among the other authors at the event were Leza Lowitz with Jet Black and the Ninjia WindTrevor Kew with Playing Favorites, Suzanne Kamata with Gadget Girl, Naomi Kojima, Mariko Nagai, Kazumi Wilds, Shogo Oketani, and Yoko Yoshizawa.


It my first real trip to Tokyo, but I only had Saturday to explore.  Still, I was able to get a lot of sightseeing done. I’ll be sharing a post on the trip later this week, but in the mean time, here’s a few shots of the event.  Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the very first signed copy of my new book out in just a few weeks.  I’ll also be speaking at the 2013 Japan Writer’s Conference in Okinawa on November second. See you there!