A Year of Samurai Awakening

Samurai Awakening_Jacket.inddOne year ago today Samurai Awakening, my first writing attempt longer than a blog post or school paper was published. I never set out to be an author or writer, but I have definitely found a lot of enjoyment (along with stress, worry, anxiety… you get the idea) in the process. Samurai Awakening, originally True Samurai, and then Jitsugen Samurai, was my attempt to share a bit of Japan with a younger audience, a kind of compliment to this blog. I think it’s succeeding, even with a few hiccups along the way.

A year later, the audience for my little book is still growing. I’m not with a big publisher with huge advertising budgets. It’s not scheduled to be made into a movie. I can’t go on tours to promote it, and as a hardcover it is a bit more expensive, but thanks to you, my friends, family, and a few other supporters word is slowly getting out. It even won an award.

Thank you.

I have a lot more to share. The sequel to Samurai Awakening, Revenge of the Akuma Clan is coming November 26th. It’s a story I’m proud of and is even better than the original.  I’m also extremely happy to say that today I finished the first draft of Book 3. I started it back in October of 2011 and have been working on it off and on while editing and writing the first two books. The series is not a trilogy, so with your help and encouragement I hope to continue to share a bit of Japan through the story of David Matthews as he learns what sacrifices it takes to protect his family and friends in Japan.

Of course, I’ll continue to write here on More Things Japanese.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Samurai Awakening yet (or know someone(s) who could use a copy), let me know in the comments. I’ll pick one person to send a hardcover copy to, after all it’s Samurai Awakening’s birthday. Someone should get a present, don’t you think?

If you have read it, please consider reviewing it on major sites like Goodreads and Amazon.com