Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword #1)

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David Thanks for the question, Renee!

There is no sex in this book. There is some background romance; it's not a major theme in Risuko, but will become…more
Thanks for the question, Renee!

There is no sex in this book. There is some background romance; it's not a major theme in Risuko, but will become somewhat more important in later volumes in the series. (less)
David 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'…more
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)
David Just spotted this! Sorry if it's been a while, and I hope this is still useful!

The book and series are set in Japan in the early 1570s, during the…more
Just spotted this! Sorry if it's been a while, and I hope this is still useful!

The book and series are set in Japan in the early 1570s, during the Sengoku-Jidai, or Civil War Era, which lasted from the 1460s until 1603.(less)

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