Lorna T. Suzuki is a prolific author and by reading her short biography I gather Lorna sets her mind on a task and reaches her goal with great satisfaction. We share the love of Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo, a book that should be required reading for any fantasy, suspense, and adventure writer. I can’t wait to read more of Lorna’s writing, and to see the film versions of her fantasy series. After meeting months ago through Twitter, I was thrilled by Lorna’s work output. We began to talk about the ups and downs of the writing life and then Lorna invited me to her blog for an interview where we explored more facets of the writing life.
To read Lorna’s Q&A, please click HERE.
Maybe someday we’ll even meet up at a writer’s conference or a book signing since my home in the San Juan Islands is only 90 minutes away over the border to Vancouver.
Here’s what Eden Baylee, an author who has appeared on A Writer’s Life blog as well, had to say about Lorna T. Suzuki’s A Warrior’s Tale: Imago Chronicles Book One:
“There’s a reason Ms. Suzuki has generated so much buzz with her books, and why her story is being made into a full-feature film.
As someone who rarely reads fantasy, I found the world-building in this book brilliant. The characters jumped off the pages and the details of the battle scenes were so well-written.
Even if you are not a reader of the fantasy genre, A Warrior’s Tale explores human themes of friendship and love in a way everyone will be able to relate to.”
Lorna T. Suzuki’s stunning biography: A fan of swashbuckling adventure novels by Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, Lorna Suzuki had noticed that it was always the men going off on great adventures and enjoying the camaraderie of a brotherhood. Most often, the women were portrayed as the damsels-in-distress.
In writing the Imago Chronicles fantasy series, by adding a female protagonist, one that is reluctantly accepted into this brotherhood, the author drew on some of her own experiences as a woman in a once male-dominated field of law enforcement and martial arts to bring Nayla Treeborn the female warrior to life.
With over twenty-five years experience in various forms of martial arts, Suzuki is a 4th-dan practitioner and instructor of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, a martial arts system incorporating six traditional samurai schools and three schools of ninjutsu under Japanese Soke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. Although Budo Taijutsu has a very long and rich history in Japan and is steeped in tradition, it is only now growing in popularity.
With the 9 novel Imago Chronicles series now complete, Suzuki is writing the next instalment of her new Young Adult fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga. When not writing fantasy, she is a scriptwriter specializing in biographic documentaries for TV. Suzuki was also a consultant/scriptwriter on the PBS TV series ‘West Coast Adventures’.
On January 20th, 2011 the first three novels of the Imago Chronicles Fantasy series were optioned for a major motion picture trilogy. Pre-production is currently underway!
Anyway, I hope you check out the interview on Lorna’s blog and are suitably curious enough to give her books a read as well.
Best always to you for your own writing and reading life,
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