Fifteen years. Fifteen bloody years. It took that much time for a seed of a novel to germinate, grow, and be mowed down over and over again. I finally became a debut novelist at the age of forty-one.
So shares local author Naomi Hirahara, talking about the laborious journey to get her first manuscript written let along published (The Summer of the Big Bachi, 2004).
Since then, she’s written three more in the Mas Arai mystery series and the young adult novel 1001 Cranes (2008).
The newest installment following the elderly, “curmudgeonly Japanese American gardener and unwitting detective” Mas Arai is Strawberry Yellow published by Pasadena’s own Prospect Park Books.
Naomi will be teaming up with Lament in the Night author Andrew Leong this coming week at the L.A. Public Library for their Thursdays @ Central and then at Book Soup to “discuss their work in the context of a California setting and the Japanese immigrant experience.”
At both events, books will be available for purchase and signing.
The only elements you can control in this publishing business is your writing. It will not take most people fifteen year to get their first books published, but it may take more (time) than they bargained for.
Happily for readers and fans, Naomi has hit her stride, writing and publishing six novels over the last twelve years, as well being included in six different collections, and having penned the non-fiction Distinguished Asian American Business Leaders (2002).
Naomi Hirahara: Strawberry Yellow
Thursday, Feb. 21st, 12:15, Central Library, Meeting Room A
630 W. 5th St., L.A. 90071
Los Angeles Public Library
Sunday, Feb. 24th, 4 p.m.
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069
For complete info, visit BookSoup.com or call 310.659.3110