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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.

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.

Currently, David is proud to serve on the board of the Bay Area
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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 The idea for Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale came from a few different sources.

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The idea for Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale came from a few different sources.

One was my house growing up, which was full of memorabilia from my parents' three years living in northern Japan before I was born — including books, figurines (including The Seven Gods of Luck), and my father's abiding love of samurai movies.

More specifically, I read an article a few years ago in New Moon Magazine, which my daughters subscribed to, called "Deadly Accessories." It told the story of a historical figure named Chiyome Mochizuki who started a school at her estate during the Japanese Civil War era (the sixteenth century). Supposedly, she was training miko — shrine maidens, as anyone familiar with Shinto (or Inuyasha) knows. In fact, Lady Chiyome was training an army of kunoichi: female spies, bodyguards, and assassins. I thought, Wow! That's an amazing story! Someone should write that!

Not long afterward, I was watching my younger daughter and her friend Lucas at a local park. Lucas's mom and I were talking about something engaging when suddenly we noticed that the kids weren't on the playground. We called to them; they called back from high up in a pine tree on the edge of the park. We asked them to come down, which they did. Once my heart was out of my throat, I put that image — the girl up in the tree — with the story of Lady Chiyome's school and wrote the first notes for what would become Risuko!(less)
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