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Hildred Billings is a Japanese and Religious Studies scholar who has spent her entire life knowing she would write for a living someday. She has lived in Japan a total of three times in three different locations, from the heights of the Japanese alps to the hectic Tokyo suburbs, with a life in Shikoku somewhere in there too. When she’s not writing, however, she spends most of her time talking about Asian pop music, cats, and bad 80’s fantasy movies with anyone who will listen…or not.
Her writing centers around themes of redemption, sexuality, and death, sometimes all at once. Although she enjoys writing in the genre of fantasy the most, she strives to show as much reality as possible through her characters and situations, since she’s a furious realist herself.
Currently, Hildred lives in Oregon with her cat, with dreams of maybe having another human around someday.
on May 08, 2013 :
Highly recommended. Hatsukoi is the second full-length novel in this series but the first chronologically, as it jumps back 20 years to the good girl-meets-bad girl beginnings of the main couple’s relationship. A candid, funny, charming yet believable study of first love merges seamlessly with long scenes of graphic eroticism; the result is highly romantic. Modern-day Tokyo provides the fascinating setting. Characters to really care about, sex scenes to be excited by, an enlightening immersion in Japanese culture—this is another rich, fulfilling, memorable read from author Hildred Billings. Treat yourself and tell your friends.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)