Working Titles

Although when I start writing I have an overall idea for a book, I don’t always know exactly how the book will come together. This is true of both my academic books and novels. While with academic books there will be a more formal book proposal that will include a planned contents list and structure,…

Favourite Places in Japan: Takamatsu and Ritsurin Park

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Takamatsu (高松). I’ve only ever been there twice (I think) – once in 1992 and then again in 2020. Thanks to the improvements in cameras, the pictures in this post will be from the 2020 visit,…

Favourite Places in Japan: Sekigahara

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Sekigahara (関ケ原). Although I have never stayed there, and more often not I just pass through, I have always liked the look of the area and like its special place in Japanese history and culture. The…

Some Reflections on Writing “FOUR” – Why it is in Four Parts

Yesterday I did an interview for a news item for the alumni network of my high school, Concord College about my latest novel, FOUR, which was recently released as both an eBook and Paperback. Although I covered some of this in the interview, and what I said was correct, when I went back over some…

Discussing Disabilities – The Responsibility of Authors and Academics

I was recently reading the article in The Guardian ‘Ken Ross: ‘I want to see a disabled person who’s as famous as Brad Pitt on screen‘ and it got me thinking again about the responsibility of authors and academics to include disabled characters or to discuss issues relating to disabilities in books and lectures. This…

“FOUR” – Acknowledgements

My latest novel, FOUR, was recently released as both an eBook and Paperback. As with any book, to make it happens required help and support of various sorts & I have done my best to include some of the names who helped in anyway in the Acknowledgements in the book. I fear that I may…

New Novel “FOUR” Released

My latest novel, FOUR, has been released. It is available as both an eBook and Paperback. The book starts in April 2013. Photo-journalist Iwakura and his reporter friend Eri, as she was known to the whole of Japan, would be working together again. The pair appeared very briefly at the end of Hijacking Japan, but…

New Novel Title and Cover Reveal

The title of my new novel is… FOUR. This relates to the plans that the protagonists have to visit four islands of Japan, over four seasons, during four trips so that they can cover four current social issues. Things don’t go to plan, however. I’m really happy with the way that the cover worked out….

Editing a Self-Published Book

I recently completed the first draft of my third novel, FOUR, which will be the second book in the Iwakura Series. While I like to take about a week over each chapter when I am initially writing it (as I have discussed in another post about my writing technique), when it comes to editing, I…

Book Review and Re-blog: “The Last Resort” by Susi Holliday

One of the joys of reading many books is being able to escape your own reality and be somewhere else. Although you may not want to be with the protagonists and what they are going through, it is, at least, nice to be somewhere different. This is exactly how I felt about “The Last Resort”…

First Draft of My Third Novel Completed

Yesterday I completed the the first draft of my third novel (name to be revealed at another time). I had aimed to be at this stage at the end of January 2021, but thanks to COVID-19 and holidays being cancelled, I got more writing done during the summer than planned. I first started writing it…

Book Review: “Day Four” by Sarah Lotz

After reading “The Three“, I was looking forward to reading “Day Four”… and it didn’t disappoint. While “The Three” revolved around plane crashes, “Day Four” turns its attention to the seas and a cruise ship. This was particularly interesting for me as I have both been on cruises, but also I am planning for Book…