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Hey, how's it going?
I am from San Francisco, California and in my other life (and identity) I am an international journalist writing on technology, pop culture,emerging trends, and travel in Asia. I call Tokyo, Vienna, London and L.A. home.
I've been lucky. My work has given me the opportunity to experience some of the most exciting cities and cultures on the planet! Admittedly I haven't led a normal sort of life on the road and being an international vagabond isn't all champagne and fun, believe me. I've learned a lot about survival. About coping in strange places. Being the outsider and never having that cloak of anonymity to throw on and hide behind.
Those feelings of being on the outside looking in is something I try to recreate in my characters. Wanting to belong and wanting to be left alone all jumbled together in a mix that never seems to make sense.
Mythology and the supernatural fuel my interest in the fiction I write and what I read. Japan in particular has a vast history of Yokai -- supernatural creatures -- that is still very much alive in the culture. So many anime and manga stories and the movies, games and books they inspire are fueled by this hidden world. I've been traveling around the Japanese countryside in my free time this year, exploring ghost and demon lore and writing about it in my blog, Haunted Japan. It's become a rich source of inspiration for several novels I'm developing now.
Working is not really work since I am writing all the time and that is what I want to do more than anything. Life is best enjoyed being with my kids who are killer smart and funny, or hanging out watching my friend K drink Chocolate Martinis, C play Boy Drama Bingo, J laughing so loudly heads turn, and H flirting like mad from behind her Dolce and Gabbana dark glasses!
I love traveling, champagne, hanging out with my kids, espresso at sidewalk cafes, people watching, really fast express trains, and laughing like crazy – though not always in that order.