To celebrate the release of her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, earlier this month, author Valynne E. Maetani has been stopping by blogs to talk about her writing process, winning the first ever New Visions Award, and much more.
More about Ink and Ashes:
Claire Takata has never known much about her father, who passed away ten years ago. But on the anniversary of his death, she finds a letter from her deceased father to her stepfather. Before now, Claire never had a reason to believe they even knew each other.
Struggling to understand why her parents kept this surprising history hidden, Claire combs through anything that might give her information about her father . . . until she discovers that he was a member of the yakuza, a Japanese organized crime syndicate. The discovery opens a door that should have been left closed.
The race to outrun her father’s legacy reveals secrets of his past that cast ominous shadows, threatening Claire, her friends and family, her newfound love, and ultimately her life. Winner of Tu Books’ New Visions Award, Ink and Ashes is a fascinating debut novel packed with romance, intrigue, and heart-stopping action.
Here is a round up of the tour.
YA Books Central – Valynne E. Maetani shares 5 facts you should know about the Japanese mafia, known as the Yakuza, here.
Dear Teen Me – Read Valynne E. Maetani’s letter to her teen self here.
We Are Word Nerds – Valynne E. Maetani on the inspiration behind Ink and Ashes and her journey to publication here.
The Book Smugglers – Valynne E. Maetani on winning the New Visions Award here.
Teen Lit Rocks! shares why they enjoyed reading Ink and Ashes here.
Forever Young Adult – Valynne E. Maetani on her research about the Yakuza, here.
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