Book Title: His Beautiful Samurai (Genjin/Holmes Mysteries #1)
Print Length: 216 pages
Genre: M/M, Mystery, Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Ai Press; 2 edition (May 14, 2013)
Author: Sedonia Guillone
Posting Date: December 12, 2014
An Interview with Sedonia Guillone:
GGR: What gave you the idea for the book, His Beautiful Samurai and what was guiding you through the story?
Sedonia Guillone: I would have to say that what gave me the idea for the book and what inspired the storyline are very closely intertwined. I was originally beginning a short story for a contest at the Samurai Archives years ago. The idea for a time travel between modern Tokyo and Feudal Japan of the samurai had emerged in my mind after reading their entry guidelines. Being an erotic M/M romance author at heart, however, the story soon spun into His Beautiful Samurai, a piece way too long and WAY too erotic for that contest. So I dropped the contest idea, wrote the book and voilà! His Beautiful Samurai has not only become what I would consider my signature piece but it also led to a sequel, Beautiful Samurai, White Tiger and then to my hot spinoff White Tigers series set at a sensual gay men’s hotel in Tokyo run by a former yakuza turned good guy and the men whose lives he touches.
I would have to say that what guided the storyline was a combination of things. One was influence of Japanese horror films that place a huge emphasis on the paranormal and haunting spirits. I had seen a horror film from Japan in which the detective was a man who put the image of Toshi in my mind. I am sorry I don’t remember the title of the film or the name of the actor it was so long ago, but they made such an impression as to contribute to this book. Another influence was my love of murder mysteries while yet another was my fascination with Tokyo itself. I am not a fan of cities in general but Tokyo—perhaps due to its samurai history and the absolute transformation the society went through from feudal isolationism to a vibrancy that has influenced popular culture the world over—is the perfect setting to explore any number of avenues my imagination would like to go.
GGR: Many of your books have an Asian influence to them. Have you been to that part of the World and what influenced you to write about that culture?
Sedonia: I have never been to that part of the world, strange as it may seem. But I have always been drawn to writing about cultures I have never experienced. It seems to be part of my nature and for some reason, I am able to be there inside myself and “feel” the place and the people. Of course, I do plenty of research, including watching many films so that I can hear the language and watch how the people interact until those things become part of my own psyche and as I write and I can begin to channel them. Recently a filmmaker in Tokyo read one of my stories, Soy Sauce Face and he gave me the ultimate compliment. He said that while he was reading it, he forgot that the person who wrote it is American and not living in Japan. He couldn’t believe it, based on how authentic the details were and the feel of the story. He was sure someone Japanese would have written this story. I will never forget that!
What influenced me to write about Japan specifically was when my boyfriend introduced me to the samurai films of Akira Kurosawa. I became enchanted and watched as many Japanese films (both historical and contemporary) as I could get my hands on. Around the same time, I got addicted to martial arts films (Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa, et al.). My boyfriend suggested a title to a story to me: Enter the Hero. Well, you can imagine, I ran with that one! From there I was completely hooked and rarely have set a story anywhere but in the Far East.
GGR: Can you share with our readers any insight on projects that you’re currently working on?
Sedonia: At the moment, I am working to finish up a short novel titled, Blossom of the Samurai. This story is the third in my Sword and Silk historical, yaoi-inspired trilogy, which also has a touch of fan fiction tribute to Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, one of my favorite characters of film. The first two books in the trilogy are: Flying Fish and Blind Love (Ai Press). If you are familiar with the first books, you will have met Aoki, a beautiful, lonely kabuki actor with a loving heart, and Toho, a young samurai who was born a peasant and adopted into a samurai family who raised him, along with his second father, Sho, a blind masseur and hidden swordsman who first brought him to Aoki to be a kind motherly sort of healing friend to Toho after his birth parents were brutally murdered in front of him. After Toho grows up, his relationship with Aoki also grows and Toho is deeply in love with Aoki. Yet they have been separated for years and Aoki has taken up in the meantime with a ronin samurai who is not the best of company. Things go from there…
GGR: I admire that you are able to write full time and I’m sure you get asked this a lot. If you were not an Author what would you have enjoyed doing?
Sedonia: If I were not an author, hmm, I think there are a couple of things. I would have like to be either a veterinarian or an actress. I used to love to act and sing in plays and musicals throughout high school and am sorry that I didn’t try to continue on with it in college.
GGR: As both a Publisher and an Author, what advice can you give a new aspiring author?
Sedonia: Make sure your writing is as clean and tightly revised as possible before sending it in. Really learn your craft well and be able to take constructive feedback. Don’t just dismiss any critique of your work out of hand. Weigh and consider everything before you agree or disagree. As a publisher, I always appreciate an author like that and as an author, I have always done my utmost to be as objective as possible about my writing. I am willing to slash and burn entire scenes if necessary. I will weigh any criticism from an editor, reader, reviewer, including the nastiest blog trolls (whose acid tongues have actually forced me to take a good hard look at my work and fill in the holes they are exposing.)
That said, even if there are people who say harsh things, do not EVER let anyone discourage you from writing. Learn to discriminate between useful feedback, however tactlessly it may be delivered, from things a person may spew out of their own jealous frustration. Don’t let the latter type of criticism stop you from writing out your heart and soul and sharing that work with others if that’s what you want to do. You never know whose life out there may be touched for the better by your stories.
The Book Description:
Sex and murder don’t mix but Detective Toshiro Genjin and psychic John Holmes do…
John Holmes comes to Tokyo to help stop a killer. Through the use of his psychic abilities, he can help find out things that no one else sees. Toshi is a policeman who reluctantly accepts John’s help, but from their first touch, John knows he wants more than that. He wants all Toshi can give him, and the heat between them surprises, and delights him.
The modern killer, a historical murder of two samurai, and Toshi’s need to honor other commitments combine to make the blooming love between John and Toshi difficult. And dangerous. The more deeply they delve into the past, the more unsure the future looks. Could the heat between them be the only thing that can solve the mystery, despite all of the difficulties that stand in their way? Can they find a way to keep what is most precious to them? Haunting and powerful, His Beautiful Samurai is a murder mystery, a romance, and a study in the supernatural. Get your hands on it today!