'Rise' Influences and How the Book Came About
Japan Trip InfluenceFast forward to a year later. December 1, 2018. I was on the plane to Seattle trying to fend off the jitters for the basic conversation level Japanese Language Proficiency Test, listening to ONE OK ROCK’s song ‘Stand Out Fit In’. I remember all too well what it was like to be on the outside when I was younger. To be different. So, the story bubbled up from inside and I began writing. I also wrote out of an excuse to dig deeper into the culture and to deal with the growing desire to return. If I couldn't visit in person, I could via story. Not only did I research more about Japan, but I had to learn how to write well and write a book-length story.
Other InfluencesSo many things influenced this book, so I'll keep the list down to a minimum. Lol! What modern Japan fan hasn't been influenced by anime and manga? For many, it's a first taste of the wonders of the country. I watched the Ruroni Kenshin anime and bought the series of manga in Japanese to read side by side with a translation when my eldest was a baby. It's one of those stories that stands the test of time because both my kids (one teen and one adult) enjoy the story too. What makes the story powerful is Kenshin's struggle over his past and his vow to not kill again.
End RemarksThank you so much for joining me today as I shared about the origins of 'Rise'. While my tale is one of fantasy, I hope 'Rise' will inspire readers to take a stand and support others. Everyone, from every faith, can do this. How will you be the difference?
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About the Author
Amy is a former programmer turned author after her first trip to Japan in 2017. Now she writes Japanese myth-based urban fantasy to reconnect with the country and culture that captured her heart. She lives in South Dakota with her supportive husband, two wonderful kids, a mellow old cat who adopted the family when he was a tiny stray, and three wily and crazy ferrets.
You can read more about her and find the occasional ferret picture at amywintersvoss.com.