I found out not long ago that the contract for His Beautiful Samurai expired from its previous publisher. Which was fine because I wrote this book five years ago and since have gotten a lot more writing as well as life experience and growth. I love John and Toshi so much and really want to do their story as much justice as possible so I’m in the process of re-working it and it’s going to be a waaaayyyy different book in many ways from its first incarnation.
I have gotten a lot of feedback over the years, both positive and some incredibly negative. At the time, the negative feedback would make me shake! However, at the same time, I could see the intelligence of the things people were saying who were disappointed with the book and have actually reflected on their words many times over the last five years. I have also since read and watched many, many murder mysteries, studying the art of building a complex mystery. Hopefully, I’ve gotten more of a hang of this craft and will be able to make this story a more complex and intriguing mystery. I need to mention that I feel particularly indebted to two certain mystery authors, John Burdett (Bangkok 8, Vulture Peak) and to Seicho Matsumoto (Inspector Imanishi Investigates, Points and Lines) in the sense that both authors write wonderful real characters, inspiring prose, and skillfull, enjoyable as hell mysteries.
Then there’s the emotional development. I have also kept in mind the people who have loved His Beautiful Samurai for the romance between the two heroes and only endeavor to make that aspect of the book richer as well. Both Toshi and John are more three-dimensional in the newer version as I rework it since I’ve gotten to know the two of them better as well and I really hope that will come through. For those who are familiar with Acts of Passion, you are familiar with Michael DiSanto, the criminal profiler who was Toshi’s first lover. Well, Michael has a more active character in the new version as well. He doesn’t appear in person, but instead of being mentioned in toshi’s memories, he and Toshi have a conversation, which was fun to write in. It really makes a difference have worked with and developed these characters for several years! I can really write them in, in a way I couldn’t when I didn’t know them as well and they weren’t as real to me as they are now.
Anyway, thanks for reading this and please come back because I will post a snippet from the new version as soon as I get it up to par. Take care and hope you’re having a great day. Warmly, Sedonia