Jake thought he knew what he was getting into when he moved to Japan. But destiny has other ideas and as the Swell draws near, no one is safe. Beware teacups, and adapt or die, because it is a brave new world out there and it will just as soon eat you as save you. Myths and Legends, new and old, are back to play, so keep your friends close and your Tanuki closer because you’re going to need all the help you can get if you plan to survive.
Targeted Age Group:: 16~
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This was the first complete book that I wrote and published. I began writing this after I went to Japan with the JET program as a way to use the dead time that I had at the school I was teaching at. While the people and the situation that Jake finds himself in are different from what I experienced, my time in the same area greatly shaped my views on Japan and the character of the area that comes through in this story. If you are ever looking to get away from the beaten path in Japan, then I Ine and northern Kyoto prefecture is a great area to go.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I came up with my characters by mixing my own experiences with what I imagined happening in the events of the Swell.
"You ever wake up one day and think 'Today is the day that everything is going to change?' I mean like really change, the kind of change that did in the dinos, wiped out the mammoths, ate the dodos?"
"Dude, no more anime for you! Just because we're all on the way to Japan doesn't mean that something daunting is going to happen that requires the rise of a champion to lead the starved, beaten, and weary to victory against all odds, Jake!" Mick Renalds retorted with a snort from his window seat. Blond hair, blue eyes, 23, and pushing 6"5' and with a physique that would make a mountain troll princess swoon, he was about as opposite as you could get from Jake. But, like the dreamer next to him, he was on his way to Japan to work as an English Assistant Teacher or EAT for short. He was also a realist. Had he watched his fair share of Anime? You bet. And he enjoyed tearing holes in the plots. Yah, sometimes things happen which stand convention on its head but all that really is, is the undeniable truth making its presence known. Try to tell that to a dreamer like Jake and you were in for a long argument with someone that could almost make the unbelievable sound believable. Imagine if he ever learned the truth.
He wasn't quite sure how Jake could do it but on the drop of a dime, he could lead you down a most plausible-sounding rabbit hole and then drag you not only through Wonderland but make you accept that you weren’t tripping and that the Caterpillar was actually a larval telepathic alien that was learning about how messed up the human psyche really was. In a lot of ways, it was a wasted talent. Had Jake ever applied himself to something like politics or business, he would have been a force to reckon with. Alas, every time I even mention such an idea to him, he gets a dead serious look on his face and says something like 'You do not want a person like me in a position like that. I might just succeed.' Which is probably for the best. Honest dreamers meet bad ends and things could become ticklish for his continued existence should he show up on others' radar. He sighed giving his friend a sideways look. Some secrets are best left sleeping.
One of these days something is going to happen that shatters that protective dome of reality that Mick relies so heavily upon. I only hope that it isn't to his detriment when it does. Because I'd hate for Mick to be dodo-ized. "Where's your sense of adventure man?" Jake Jameson said with a frown, shaking his head.
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