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.

He recently published Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, a young-adult historical adventure novel set in sixteenth century Japan, and is hard at work on the sequel, Bright Eyes.

Since 1999, he has overseen the publication program of Joseph Campbell Foundation, editing Pathways to Bliss, Myths of Light and Sake & Satori) and managing the publication of over fifty print, ebook, print, audio, and video titles, including the third edition of the seminal The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

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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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