How could teaching a Japanese businessman English lead to sexual blackmail, police coercion and torture at the hands of the yakuza? These and further trials and tribulations befall Anglo-American Tim Harrison when he stumbles on a scandal—that if exposed—will shame and humiliate Japan in the eyes of the world. Read the first three parts of this 7-Part serialized suspense crime novel free for a limited time.
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So how hard could it be to write a novel when I’d been working as a freelance writer in Tokyo covering Japanese science and technology news and events for several decades? During that time, I’d easily written thousands of short news pieces and blogs, as well as hundreds and hundreds of feature articles ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 words and more on a variety of subjects. Yes, of course, writing a thrilling suspense story that people might actually buy would be a challenge, but not so terribly difficult for someone with my writing experience.
That’s what I thought when I began writing Killing Time in Tokyo six years ago! Let me put it this way. If an article can be likened to writing a short music score for a single instrument, I soon discovered that conceiving, constructing and refining a realistic plot, then creating an appealing opening, believable characters, and a story that arced smoothly through a cohesive beginning, middle and end, not to mention finishing with an exciting climax, logical denouement, and satisfying conclusion was akin—in my mind, at least—to writing a symphony.
You can find the kinds of articles I’ve been writing over the years on my website. And while some of the more esoteric technical and science stories stretched my capabilities almost to the limit at times, all of them combined over the years did not match the time, effort and demands on skill, patience and endurance it took to complete this novel. Taking just the opening two pages as an example, I rewrote, revised and refined them a thousand times–literally. Probably more.
Yet if the project proved to be a much greater undertaking than I’d anticipated, the degree of satisfaction on completion was also something else. When I finally clicked to publish on Kindle in November 2016, the sense of achievement was enormous: I’d done something I hadn’t even dreamed was possible when I left school to enter the world of work at the tender age of fifteen.
If you decide to take a chance on Killing Time in Tokyo and enjoy reading it, then please do write a review. Just one sentence would be much appreciated given so many potential readers will not be as brave as you in risking their precious time on a first novel.