Thursday, May 21, 2009

This is Fun!

Amazon set up the "look inside" feature for my novel, Katsuren. Anyone who clicks on it can see the front and back covers and read the first few pages. To make it easy on the eyes, I left a lot of white space on every page, which makes the free sample a little shorter than most...


Here's the good part. I've been reading Donald Maass's books on how to write better stories, and I really think he would like these first few pages.

There's my heroine, fresh out of grad school, eager to jump into her new life with both feet but boy, is she going to be surprised when she turns the page and gets to Okinawa.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

What a blurb this would make!

This is something Christina Wible (In Between Goodbyes) wrote in her Amazon review:

"Celine Nisaragi makes a world I'd want to walk into and an adventure that I would, in my younger years, liked to have taken on."

Boy, I would love to see that on the cover of my book (and maybe I will) in its second edition.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Oboy, this is fun!

The best thing about finishing a novel is simply that--finishing the manuscript.

The next best thing is when someone reads it and tells you they stayed up late, reading by flashlight, to finish it without waking up the sleeping hubbie.

What's next best after that?

The publisher sends you a sales report. Yes! Sales! Katsuren has been on sale through Amazon since mid-April, and I just got the first month's sales report.

In these very trying economic times, readers are parting with hard earned money to buy a mini-vacation in beautiful Okinawa where they can hang out with Dr. Tomori, Yu Ganaha, Big Kiichiro Sagara, and my plucky heroine Karen Holt.

Thank you!

PS: Because of your support I will be able to donate $50 so far to the NPO supporting Yonaguni underwater exploration.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

What is a novel?

This is from my hero, the writer James Michener, who answers a popular question from novel readers: Did the events in the story really happen?

He says: "Yes, but only in the mind of the writer. And, of course, in your mind too. That's what a novel is: the exchange of dreams."

I hope that Katsuren, too, is that kind of novel--as vivid as a dream, one that you'd like to linger in.