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Title: Flying Fish (Sword and Silk)
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: 08/17/2016
In eighteenth century Japan, during the golden age of samurai and of the Kabuki theater, young actors known as “flying fish” traveled the countryside, performing for audiences by day and giving their bodies to their samurai patrons at night.
Genji Sakura is one such flying fish, yet he dreams of finding the man he can give his heart to and leave the loneliness of his itinerant life behind. Though he loves theater, he doesn’t love every part of his profession, especially some of the patrons. So when a handsome ronin comes upon him stealing some solitude for a bath in a hot spring and their encounter turns passionate, Genji’s surprised and delighted.
Daisuke Minamoto’s past fills his life with a bitterness that grips his soul and makes him dangerous. Yet passion takes him when he spies on a graceful young man bathing naked in a hot spring. He has always loved women, but he can’t deny the call of his heart.
After an afternoon of sexual bliss, his heart and soul are tormented and torn. Keeping this miraculous lover will require giving up the one thing that has kept him alive for years: his hatred for the lord who murdered his wife. If he loves another, how will he go on and who will he become?
We are here today to talk about Flying Fish from the Sword and Silk series. What can you tell us about it?
Sedonia: The series centers on three masterless samurai (ronin) and the heroes they give their hearts to. The stories take place in the province of Kai in feudal Japan during the Edo period which was the last stretch of time that samurai ruled Japan before the Meiji Restoration in the 1870s. Flying Fish is the story of Daisuke Minamoto and the graceful traveling kabuki actor he falls in love with, Genji.
Please tell us more about our main characters:
Sedonia: Daisuke, the ronin, is a skilled swordsman. When we first meet him, he has just returned to Kai after traveling the land for years, studying swordsmanship from all the greatest he could meet. He has returned to avenge his wife’s death on the lord of the province, a most dangerous prospect, and one he would no doubt survive.
Genji, the kabuki actor, is graceful and beautiful. Daisuke is the kind of honorable, handsome samurai he has always dreamed of meeting and falling in love with. Genji loves acting but his life of traveling and of having also to serve as a male prostitute for the theater troupe’s leader is something he would prefer to get out of as soon as he can.
What about Flying Fish makes you the proudest?
Sedonia: Hmm, that’s a hard choice. I would have to say that I’m proudest of the characters. I love the characters so much because they embody all the qualities that are best in human beings: loyalty, deep epic love, passion, caring and defending those who are weaker and more vulnerable, to name a few.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
Sedonia: Two more books in the series will be coming out at Dreamspinner Press, actually. Book Two is Blind Love and Book Three is Blossom of the Samurai. Genji and Daisuke are supporting characters in the following books, which are set in their world.
Blind Love is about two childhood friends who were separated, Hirata Morimasa, a ronin, Sho, a blind swordsman and Hirata’s childhood friend. Hirata has sworn to find Sho again, but when he does, things do not go as he’d planned…
In Blossom of the Samurai, Toho, a young samurai, the adopted son of Hirata Morimasa is in love with Aoki, a beautiful actor in Genji’s theater and his life long friend. But Aoki doesn’t seem to feel the same way about him and is being courted by another samurai who gives Toho the creeps. This samurai is dangerous. Toho feels it in his bones and will risk all to make sure Aoki is all right. There is plenty of swordplay, epic love, and…vengeance!
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Sedonia: Write because you love it. Don’t give up just because you might feel discouraged at times (that separates the real writer from the hack.) If you want to get published, make sure you polish your craft. Be open to constructive feedback, even when you feel that the person giving you feedback doesn’t “get it.” Be the kind of writer you’d want to work with if you were an editor: courteous, willing and on time.
What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?
Sedonia: I once received an email from a reader who told me that my books had gotten her through a very hard time in her life and that she had been inspired to overcome addiction and get her life back together. Of course the letter was longer and more detailed than this but I NEVER forgot it.
What one story made you lose sleep as a kid?
The Amityville Horror. Before looking at that book, I’d never really been afraid to be alone in a room or look out a window at night. That all ended with this story.
Do you have a character in your head that you have yet to write a story for?
Yes, I have a whole book in my head that needs to be put down on paper. It’s about a detective in Tokyo, Makoto (Mack for short) and the man he loves, Nori. They grew up together in a boys home. When they are adults, the woman who ran the home is murdered and Mack needs to find out who did it. The result is shocking as they learn the woman who was the closest to a mother he and Nori ever had was not at all who they thought she was!
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
I do read my reviews and I have found them very helpful to my writing, especially the most critical ones. There are times when the person who wrote the review was scathing and it made me shake, but I took to heart the things they said and my writing improved a great deal, so I am grateful to them for their brutal honesty.
If you could have a conversation with any famous author, who would you want to get writing tips from and what skill of theirs would you like to emulate?
William Shakespeare for sure because he was THE best. The power in his verses is unequalled, which is why his work is still being performed today in every form – stage, radio, film. The skill of Shakespeare’s I would emulate is the beauty of his language and the depth of human expression that he achieved.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
(I’ve actually thought about this in the past, especially when I was watching Heroes). I would want to be able to heal people and animals who are suffering pain and affliction so that they wouldn’t have to suffer like that anymore, especially children.
Do you remember a character talking about a particular food and it made you want to eat it RIGHTNOW? and if yes, what was it?
Yes, in the Inspector Chen mystery series by Qiu Xialong, he mentioned these scallion buns that sounded amazing from a street cart in Shanghai. I love scallions so it made my mouth water.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
Right now I am reading the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes as well as The Man Who Wanted to Meet God by His Holiness the Shankaracharya. After I finish Sherlock Holmes I plan to read the next book in the Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King.
Rapid Fire Time
- Batman or Superman? Superman (Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavill, that’s why J )
- Neville or Ron? Neville
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed
- Boxers or Briefs? Um, neither. Boxer briefs (Always written somewhere into a story of mine. Lol)
- cinnamon or maple? Cinnamon
- Peanuts or Cashews? Peanuts
- Australia or England? England
- Tardis or DeLorean? Tardis
- Favorite meal? Pizza
- Kirk or Picard? KIRK!!!!
About the Author
Multipublished, award-nominated author, Sedonia Guillone lives in Florida in winter and on a river in Maine in summers with a Renaissance man who paints, writes poetry, and tells her she’s the sweetest nymph he’s ever met. When she’s not writing toe-curling romances, she loves watching spaghetti westerns, Jet Li, and samurai flicks, cuddling with her cat, Molly, and eating chocolate.
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