Alexia Montibon-Larsson

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Please visit Liz Madrid's wonderful blog post to learn more about the story behind Forged in Fire: Stories of Wartime Japan: http://lizmadridauthor.com/2016/05/23...

I was born and raised in southern California, in an area known as the Inland Empire, surrounded by mountains, wide-open fields and orange groves. In a household with four kids, there was aways some kind of activity going on: listening to records with my brother and sisters; helping Dad mow the lawn and pull weeds; learning how to sew and bake with Mom; taking family trips; and of course, endless reading!

At the University of Southern California, I received a BFA in art and a minor in art history. Writing is something I have always enjoyed. The last major writing project I worked
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Alexia Montibon-Larsson Read anything that interests you: books, news articles, song lyrics. Attend creative writing classes if any are available to you. Keep a journal and w…moreRead anything that interests you: books, news articles, song lyrics. Attend creative writing classes if any are available to you. Keep a journal and write down all of your observations and feelings. Writing daily in a journal -- even more so than reading great books -- turned me on to the joy of writing. (less)
Alexia Montibon-Larsson My mother, Rita, had often recounted her childhood experiences of the World War II fire bombings in Tokyo. As she grew older, Mom began to urge us to …moreMy mother, Rita, had often recounted her childhood experiences of the World War II fire bombings in Tokyo. As she grew older, Mom began to urge us to write down her story for her. In February of 2014, I began working with her in earnest to pull together the various fragments of her story and place them in chronological order. Mom's health began to decline rapidly at the beginning of summer and she was diagnosed with stage four cancer in July. Although severely weakened from her illness, she was happy and proud to hold a printed rough draft of her story in her hands. She eventually passed away in August at the age of 83. The draft went through a long series of edits and eventually became Forged In Fire. I hope you will enjoy her stories as much I have!(less)
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Sunday Evening Post (via Wattpad)

Hi Everyone!

It has been a while since I've posted here but it's Mom's birthday today so the occasion has given me a reason to reflect upon the anniversary of what would have been her 86th year.

Forged in Fire: Stories of wartime Japan was first published on Wattpad in April of 2015. Since then, its readership has grown.

From the Demographics page on Wattpad, I found that her story has been read in t Read more of this blog post »
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