I began a writing career in Japan over 15 years ago with a book on ancient Japanese nobility. Now I find myself writing about the paranormal. Writing is an odyssey through the subconscious mind-you don't know where you will end up on your journey, but it's always an enlightening one. My purpose as a writer is to express what is left unsaid in the mind and heart, and to express what needs to expressed. If my writing can influence the way society views issues of profound significance, such as love and death, then I’m happy. Writing for me is more then setting words down on paper-it is an art that has the power to detoxify the negativity in our lives. As Anais Nin said, "I think we have to go through this process of alchemy so that even the horrible things we have experienced are transformed into creative experiences."
I value courage and integrity in writing, and resonate with the words of Susan Sontag, who “insisted that with literary talent came an obligation to speak out on the great issues of the day.” I believe that if we have the gift to articulate in an artistic or creative way, we should use it for the good of society.
To keep writing as long as I’m alive-this is my raison detre.
My writer’s bucket list-
To keep a life long diary or blog
To publish a book of my travels throughout Japan on Buddhist sites I have visited.
A book on macrobiotics and how it can change the health and wellness landscape of the 21st century.
Environmental racism is a topic that fascinates me, and I’d like to write a novel centered on this theme.
To write a children’s book-I have written a short story, “Kayawa” centered on the border issues that Japan has with Korea…
More to come:)
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A THOUSAND YEARS OF LOVE is an historical novel set in ancient
Kyoto, Japan, and Hangzhou, China, a city described by Marco Polo as “the
greatest in the world.”
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"I am half-way through Avia Belle Moon's "A Thousand Years of Love" . If you haven't picked it up, I highly recommend you do so. Indeed, even through the masterful translations of Waley, Siedensticker, Royall Tyler and the brilliant studies by Ivan Morris and others, Heian culture and times are frustratingly distant, foreign, alien, inaccessible – at least for me. What is wonderful about Avia Belle Moon's novel is that in addition to being delightful reading, it provides the average Western reader with access to the culture and times of Lady Murasaki in a way no other modern novel I have read – English or Japanese – does. I plan to post more substantive thoughts on the book
but I just wanted to pass on my initial delight and high recommendations for this book."
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Campus Community Partnerships Team
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IMAGINE YOURSELF TRAVELING ON A JOURNEY to Japan to erase
your massive debt, only to find herself forced to confront a stalker, a past
history of sexual abuse, and a dependency on sleeping pills and
anti-depressants. This is what heroine Helene Capri faces in Temple of the
Dueling Heart. Like the beautiful Blue Grotto in Italy, her past remains
submerged beneath a sea of childhood memories.
She must use her monolingual skills to survive the obsessive stalking of Mikari
Wolfe, a man in conflict with his Japanese-American identity. Along the way
she also meets Anastasia, a Russian art exchange student searching for her
identity in Anastasia Romanov, the alleged murdered daughter of the last tsar
of Russia. From the opening scene of a woman about to jump in front of a
train, the interplay between these three characters drives the dynamics of
plot in a setting of psychological tension and suspense, shifting between the
two faces of Japanese society…uraomote. Temple of the Dueling Heart can be
called a ghost story, in that each character must confront phantoms from
their past. Or it could be called a brain scan of modern Japan, with a
“Beautifully written, an unusually objective and informed poetic novel
dealing with an American woman's experience in Japan. A talented writer who
knows her material through and through.”
Judy Kendall, The Drier the Brighter
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In the Chumash Indian tradition there is the legend of the Black Wolf, who appears from "the other side" as a protective force. See his "red claws" reaching out to the California Central Coast?
SPIRITLAND-THE GHOSTS OF CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL COAST
Scheduled for International and Nationwide release September 28, 2011
SPIRITLAND introduces California’s Central
Coast as an incredible vortex of healing
and paraspiritual energy, with Point Conception
believed to be the “Western Gate” of the
United States-the portal to another dimension
of life in the Chumash Indian tradition.
SPIRITLAND offers a sometimes humorous,
always fascinating, paranormal peek into the
hotels, theaters, schools, and residences
along California’s Central Coast.
SPIRITLAND dares to debunk the idea of
death as a permanent state, and integrates
the theory of an interdimensional universe,
psychic phenomena, the paranormal, and spirituality
in a holistic new paradigm of life and death for the 21st century.
Check out the paranormal activity along the California Central Coast!
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