There is a Japanese proverb that says: One kind word can warm three winter months. In the wake of the devastating tsunami that ravaged Northeastern Japan this past March, author Patricia Kiyono wanted to offer more than just a kind word. She partnered with publisher Astraea Press to write a novella, the proceeds of which would benefit the victims of this horrific disaster.
Back Cover Blurb:
When Andy Tanaka finds an old wooden chest in a storage shed on his family’s flower farm, he can’t wait to share his discovery with his best friend, Leigh Becker.
Inside the dusty lacquered chest are a pair of swords, some Japanese clothing, and a mysterious scroll, which could provide links to his samurai ancestor. They find someone to translate the scroll and then research the significance of the other items, intent on ensuring the legacy isn’t forgotten.
In the process, they learn not only about samurai history, but also some surprising truths about themselves.
Meet Patricia Kiyono:
“I love to travel. I guess it’s because I’ve been traveling most of my life. When I was about eleven months old my parents decided to move to a faraway land called America. We settled in Michigan, where Dad grew up. But we kept close ties with our relatives in Japan. Even though long distance calling was expensive, Dad insisted Mom call her family on a regular basis. And there were long letters, written on blue sheets called aerograms. We had English speaking cousins in Okinawa, and we’d exchange letters, pictures and cassette tapes with them.
I remember Mom struggling to understand things people said to her, and being frustrated when she couldn’t make other people understand what she tried to say. I remember older people who actually blamed us for the loss of relatives who died in World War II and refused to associate with us. But for the most part, people were interested in our differences, and were very supportive.
Money was tight in our home, so we didn’t go away on a lot of vacations, but one memorable summer Dad packed us all in the car (I have two younger brothers, so there were five of us) and we took off on a trip to see several places in the eastern part of the country. We went south to Mammoth Caves in Kentucky, then up to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and then farther north to Niagara Falls before going through Ontario, Canada on our way back home. I was around twelve years old then, old enough to take pictures and treasure the souvenirs we picked up.
I think the thing I treasured most about that trip was meeting and learning about people in new and different places. While traveling, we met other families visiting these sites from all corners of the country. We learned we all have the same goals for our lives, the same hopes, dreams and fears. And we got an idea of how much there is to see in this world.
In high school I got the opportunity to visit Europe with the American Youth Symphony. Again, I loved visiting places I had read about: the Swiss Alps, German castles, and the Tower of London. But more than that, I enjoyed meeting and talking to people from all over the world. People who looked and sounded different than us, but who shared our love of life and all it has to offer. People who want peace, and harmony in their lives.
So now I’m retired (sort of) and have more time and resources to travel. And in between my trips I write. There is a whole world of fascinating people out there, and their stories are waiting to be told. My job as an author is to make their stories come alive, giving you a taste of their world, and making you believe in them.” – Patricia Kiyono
Patricia has many projects in the works. In the upcoming novella, Aegean Intrigue, someone has been stealing priceless Greek artifacts, and it’s Alex Leonidis’ job to uncover the thief. She’s also working on a Christmas novella, as well as a full-length historical novel about Andy Tanaka’s samurai ancestor. To follow Patricia, go to her website, blog, or Facebook.