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The emails went out about this title this morning so I get to announce it on the blog today! I have a new release! It's the fifth and final short story in the Kami No Sekai series, SECRET KEEPING SAKURA. I wrote it this summer as I was getting back on the writing wagon, and it was the perfect story to get me back in the swing of things. About a year ago, I asked my Facebook audience, “If you could talk to any inanimate object, which would you choose?” And many chose to talk to trees. I think trees have a special place in our hearts as humans. We take shelter under them. We hear their leaves rustle in the wind. We admire them as they flower, grow green leaves, and turn those leaves brilliant colors in the fall. Plus there are so many different kinds of trees! Palm trees don't change color in the fall and only grow in warm climates. Some trees grow fruits and others do not. Trees are almost as diverse as humans, when you think about it.

Anyway, so I knew I would choose a tree for the final story of the series, and what better tree than the favorite of pretty much all Japanese people, the cherry tree or sakura. I thought about all the things a tree would see in its lifetime, all the secrets it could keep, and I came up with my story pretty quickly. I wrote most of the story poolside this summer on my trusty Alphasmart 3000.


I need to get back to writing on that. It really got rid of distractions.

So today, this bittersweet and hopeful short story is ready for you!



2 thoughts on “SECRET KEEPING SAKURA Now Available!”

  1. I can’t remember what i commented on that question about what I would like to talk to, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I had said trees as well. I am looking forward to reading this one! I am not surprised you picked a sakura tree for this one.

    I am already encouraging everyone I know to sign-up for your newsletter so they can read this series. My sister visited this week and she mentioned she had finished the Nogiku series (she really enjoyed them and said she liked your writing style), she’s already signed-up for your newsletter, so I told her to make sure to open your latest newsletter with the free stories.

    1. I do believe that you voted for a tree! I wish I had bookmarked that thread because finding it now is proving difficult. Still, I remembered that “tree” was the most common answer which is why I went with the cherry tree for this story. :)

      Thank you for spreading the word about my work! <3 I'm super grateful! xo

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