Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so pleased to introduce to you Patty Gordon, writing as Patricia Kiyono. The Samurai’s Garden sounds like an absolutely fascinating story. I love the fact that Patricia wrote her current release while vacationing on the Jersey Shore right after retiring from teaching. Please enjoy her interview as much as I did.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!
I’m a retired elementary schoolteacher, mom to five kids aged 25 through 43, grandmother to eight and counting. I was born in Japan, but came to America before my first birthday. Other than four years at Illinois State University, I’ve lived in southwest Michigan since then. Since retiring from full-time teaching, I’ve been able to pursue my dream of writing and am so pleased to have found a writing home at Astraea Press.
Tell us about your current release.
The Samurai’s Garden takes place in the 1870s in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Hiromasa Tanaka was a samurai soldier, but the new emperor had put a sudden end to the entire feudal system, and the samurai class no longer existed. He had to find a new purpose for his life, and he found it in the peaceful setting of Hanako’s farm.