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David Kudler

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David Kudler is a writer and editor living just north of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wife, actress, teacher, and author Maura Vaughn, their author-to-be daughters, and their apparently non-literary cats.

His award-winning novel Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, a young-adult historical adventure novel set in sixteenth century Japan, serves as the first book in the Seasons of the Sword series. The sequel, Bright Eyes, hits the shelves on May 5, 2022. He's now hard at work on Book 3 (Kano).

He has overseen the publication program of Joseph Campbell Foundation, editing Pathways to Bliss, Myths of Light, and Campbell's Asian Journals) in addition to managing the publication of over a hundred other print, ebook, print, audio, and video titles, includi
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David Kudler Yasamin, I apologize that I didn't see your question sooner! I'm glad that you enjoyed Risuko — and sorry to make you wait for the next book.

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Yasamin, I apologize that I didn't see your question sooner! I'm glad that you enjoyed Risuko — and sorry to make you wait for the next book.

I'm currently working on Bright-Eyes, the second volume in the Seasons of the Sword series. My hope is to have it finished in time for release in 2017. If you'd like to be among the first to read it by serving as a beta reader, you can sign up at risuko.net/risuko-beta-team(less)
David Kudler Hey, Steve! What a great question! Kee Sun is one of my favorite characters.

So I knew I wanted to have at least one non-Japanese character in the book…more
Hey, Steve! What a great question! Kee Sun is one of my favorite characters.

So I knew I wanted to have at least one non-Japanese character in the book — Japan wasn't as cut off from the rest of the world during this period as it would become in the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. Japan and Korea had regularly tried to invade each other throughout much of their history, and so the idea that the late Lord Mochizuki brought back a Korean cook from a campaign there appealed to me.

Once I'd decided that Kee Sun was Korean, I had to figure out how a Korean would sound to Japanese people. I reached out to a friend of a friend, S. Jae-Jones, a wonderful author who happens to be Korean-American. She kindly talked to me about the dynamics of the Korean accent, and we discussed what it might sound like to the Japanese characters. Japanese speakers tend to speak in a fairly narrow band of tones. Sarah felt that Korean would sound much earthier and energetic to a Japanese ear. When we searched for an equivalent accent to the American ear, the two that we came up with were Italian and Scottish.

Now, I didn't want Kee Sun sounding like Mario from the Nintendo games. But I thought that basing his accent on a kind of toned down "dog Scottish" (in the same sense that JK Rowling calls the Latin in her books "dog Latin") would give me what I was looking for. (Which is to say, Sarah is in no way responsible for Kee Sun or how he sounds — but I thank her from the bottom of my heart for her insight.)

As I wrote and rewrote the book, I found a distinctive voice for the cook that wasn't particularly Scottish — but that I felt worked for him and for the novel. If you listen to the audiobook, the narrator (my daughter Julia) uses a Scottish accent for Kee Sun.(less)
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Bright Eyes Resources for Teachers and Students

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Working with a master educator, author David Kudler has added two sets of resources to those already available for studying Bright Eyes, book 2 of the Seasons of the Sword novels:

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“The blossoms fall just once each winter, yet in our memories, they fall every day.”
David Kudler, Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

“I tell yeh, Bright-eyes. Men and women? A bloody mess. Every time.”
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“A kunoichi is married to her duty, and to death.”
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“But there are times — my favorite climbs — when it doesn’t feel as if I’m climbing. Instead, the cliff or tree or wall seems to be lifting me, higher and higher.”
David Kudler, Bright Eyes: A Kunoichi Tale

“The blossoms fall just once each winter, yet in our memories, they fall every day.”
David Kudler, Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

“I tell yeh, Bright-eyes. Men and women? A bloody mess. Every time.”
David Kudler, Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

“No harm," he said as he danced on, cutting the air. Only now, the snowflakes began to bleed as he cut them. Battle of white and scarlet...
"Oto-san, what can I do?" I wept in the dream, my tears freezing to my cheeks.
"Dance," he said, his face still and calm, his blade whistling through the air. Blood flew from the tip of the sword, painting characters of death and disaster across the white ground.
Dancing.”
David Kudler, Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

“Be swift as the wind,
silent as the forest,
fierce as fire,
steady as a mountain.”
David Kudler, Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

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