The Nine Heroes: Akio

While Yamabushi Kaidan was the obvious choice to kick off these profiles, I’ll mix things up a bit … the first of the nine heroes from Circle of Tears who I will profile is Akio. Akio is a young Shugendo priest (a shugenja) that serves the village of Kyuusai. Kyuusai is the only settlment in the […]

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The Nine Heroes

An interesting thing happened to me after I moved to Wellington (New Zealand). I discovered the amazing people at Whitireia New Zealand, and I’ve begun the journey to completing my long-overdue first novel, Circle of Tears, while I complete my long-overdue Bachelor of Arts at Whitireia. Circle of Tears will be an epic Japanese fantasy […]

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2014 Year of the Horse predictions

I’m a Tiger in the the Chinese Zodiac, and 2013 – the Year of the Snake – was an unspectacular year for me. It was solid work-wise and relationship-wise, but not so much creatively, financially, or spiritually. However, in a few weeks, the Year of the Horse kicks in, and the Horse and the Tiger […]

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The Mist Ninja now available

The Adventures of Yamabushi Kaidan is a series of epic Japanese fantasy stories which chronicles the exploits of Kaidan, a wild mountain monk who acts as guardian of the remote Autumn Valley, and his young friends Akio, Kaidan’s apprentice and a gifted healer, and Yumi, a skilled but untested warrior who fights for her village and […]

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The dark history of Kegon Falls

Kegon Falls is one of those rare places of natural beauty in Japan, but its real mystique stems from its reputation for attracting suicides from Japan’s lovelorn youth. I know a bit about Kegon Falls as the area is featured prominently in my novel-in-progress Circle of Tears. The falls are the headquarters of the titular […]

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