In my heart, there's always been a soft spot for fantasy stories. It was easy to sit down to devour them, or take the time to dedicate myself to larger texts. The stories that I wrote were inspired by these, and maybe copycats in some ways, but it was the love that drove me. There was magic. Lots and lots of magic in those words.
|One of my influences is Spirited Away from Studio Ghibli.|
This was in 2010. I bought my first e-reader around the same time and I used Google Books to do what research I could with books from the early 1900s. I lived in North Dakota at the time and there wasn't one book in the whole state that could help me. Now, there are plenty of books that I could order. Something changed in this time. I don't know what it was, but I'm thankful.
This book was a real challenge for me since it was a culture I wasn't really familiar with. I traveled to Japan two months after the major earthquake in 2011. I researched every few months in case something new came up. It's fantasy so I could play a little bit with my own world, but I wanted authenticity. I wrote the story in first person, and decided to change to third person since I felt that gave it a fantastical voice that I wanted.
FOLLOW THE MOON exists because I love fantasy, the lovely country of Japan, the beauty of Miyazaki's work, the power of family, and my longing for a voice similar, yet unlike, my own. To give myself, and others, the excuse to look beyond the stories we all known so well and expand beyond our comfort zone. I know that this book did that for myself and I'm proud of the work I've done to get it where it is today.
A big thank you to Carleen Karnovic for putting this blog hope together. Check out the other book inspiration posts below.
Carleen Karanovic: HOPE ON A FEATHER