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Kelly Matsuura grew up in Australia, and graduated from Victoria University with a degree in Asian Studies. She has lived in China and Japan, and now lives with her Japanese husband in Michigan, USA.
Her writing focuses on contemporary and fantasy stories with Asian characters and settings, however she enjoys writing western-style stories occasionally as well.
She is a preliminary reader for The Wild Rose Press, and has several paranormal romance novellas she hopes to complete and publish in 2013/2014.
on Oct. 12, 2012 :
Ms. Matsuura writes with a poetic quality, drawing the reader into her world of choice effortlessly. The stories in this compilation are beautiful. There is no other word for it. Deceptively simple, I found myself thinking about them for days afterwards. To me, that is what makes a great story - and in this book, there is more than one that did that for me! I can't wait to see what this author comes up with in the future.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 21, 2012 :
This is a beautiful collection of stories by Kelly Matsuura. Anyone who has spent time in Japan or admires Japanese culture will enjoy the feeling of 'mono no aware' Matsuura brings to the page in many of her stories. It's a kind of wistfulness, an awareness of beauty and its passing, and is probably strongest in the stories "The Smell of Peaches" and "Three Ballerinas". You'll feel great at the end of the book as the classy final story has an upbeat ending. I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)