Kelly Matsuura

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Kelly Matsuura grew up in Victoria, Australia, but always dreamed she would live abroad. She has lived in northern China and Michigan in the US, and over ten years in Nagoya, Japan, where she now lives permanently.

Kelly has published numerous short stories online; in group anthologies; and in several self-published anthologies. Her stories have been published by Visibility Fiction, Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing, A Murder of Storytellers, and Ink and Locket Press.

She majored in Asian Studies at university, and currently studies Japanese, Chinese and German. Her other hobbies include cooking, knitting, sewing, and traveling.

As the creator and editor for The Insignia Series, Kelly uses her knowledge of Asian cultures to help other indie authors produce great diverse stories and to share the group’s work with a new audience.

Where to find Kelly Matsuura online


Series

The Insignia Series
Each book in The Insignia Series is a collection of Asian Fantasy short stories, written by multiple authors.
The Natura Anthologies
Each book in The Natura Anthologies is a collection of short stories in a specific genre, all written by Kelly Matsuura.

Stirring Winds

Price: $2.99 USD.

Parting Skies

Price: $2.99 USD.

Whispering Woods

Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Insignia: Asian Birds & Beasts
Series: The Insignia Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,250. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
INSIGNIA VOL. 6. includes 8 short stories with Asian characters, settings, and magical creatures.
Insignia: Asian Science Fiction
Series: The Insignia Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,250. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
INSIGNIA VOL. 5 includes 8 science fiction stories with Asian characters and/or settings.
Insignia: Asian Fantasy Stories
Series: The Insignia Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,020. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
INSIGNIA Vol.4 includes 9 Asian fantasy stories with a mix of literary, contemporary, myth-based, and historical fantasy pieces. Countries included are Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, China, India, and Nepal. Rated 16+
Insignia: Southeast Asian Fantasy
Series: The Insignia Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,380. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(4.00 from 1 review)
INSIGNIA Vol.3 includes 7 Southeast Asian fantasy stories with a mix of literary, contemporary, myth-based, and historical fantasy pieces. Countries included are Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
The Walled Lake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
'The Walled Lake' is a short fantasy story. Rated 13+ Eloisette, a young elf, sits at her dying grandmother's bedside,. She struggles to say goodbye and to understand her grandmother's cryptic final words.
Whispering Woods
Series: The Natura Anthologies, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,780. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Literature » Literary
'Whispering Woods' is a collection of six light crime stories, with a mix of literary, historical, contemporary, and fantasy elements. Rated 13+
Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories
Series: The Insignia Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,900. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(3.00 from 1 review)
INSIGNIA Vol.2 includes 7 Chinese fantasy stories with a mix of urban, literary, contemporary, myth-based, and historical fantasy pieces. Rated 13+
Insignia: Japanese Fantasy Stories
Series: The Insignia Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,350. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
INSIGNIA Vol.1 includes 9 Japanese fantasy stories with a mix of urban, literary, contemporary, myth-based, and historical fantasy pieces.
Parting Skies
Series: The Natura Anthologies, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,590. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Parting Skies is an anthology of six light fantasy stories, ranging in length from 600 – 4300 words. Stories: The Drumming, Into the Dawn, The Cardinal, A Beautiful Day, Never Seen, Two Hearts.
Stirring Winds
Series: The Natura Anthologies, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
‘Stirring Winds’ is an Asian Literature Anthology, centering on the theme of life changes and significant moments. It contains six stories: five set in Japan and one in China, ranging in length from 900 – 3000 words.

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  • Wraith's Cry on Aug. 06, 2013

    Adriana moves back to her home town and fills in for the local doctor for several months. She reconnects with Jeff, a high school friend and ex-lover, but their first night together is interrupted by a scary, unexplainable event. Over the next few days, Adriana is terrorized by an unknown entity, or is she just hallucinating? Her fear of being mentally unstable is very real, until the truth comes to light... I enjoy a good ghost story, and this one blend's well with a sweet romance storyline. I loved the Australian countryside setting; it reminded me of the tv shows I watched and the books I read growing up in regional Victoria. Although a short book (it's one of Boroughs Publishing's Lunchbox Romances), the characters were well-developed and the story had a satisfying and complete ending. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Gilbert's stories soon.