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Although I was born in the northeast of England, I have lived most of my life outside the UK. I basically grew up in Germany, and have lived in East Asia for the past 30 years—29 years in Japan and 18 months in China—where I have worked as a freelance copywriter and editor for a number of major Japanese companies. I’ve written hundreds of articles on Japan as well as two travel guides (one for Thomas Cook and one for Compass Maps) and a Japanese phrase guide (for Thomas Cook).
I am also credited as the author of a book called Neo Shunga (Shunga is the term for Japanese erotic art of the Edo Period), but, in fact, I only wrote the introduction and the captions. The book consists mainly of woodblock prints.
Blinded by the Night is my first novel in English (I have published one in Japanese), and it is the first in a series featuring Akira Toyoda. I expect to finish the second novel in this series, provisionally titled Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, by the end of the year.