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The Last Train revolves around Michiko Suzuki and the team of detectives that are investigating the train murders. What was the inspiration to the setup to this thrilling novel?
For quite a few years I was writing about jazz every week, so I was always going to Roppongi and Shinjuku and Shibuya, nightlife parts of the city. I’d see the hostesses who work in all the clubs there, and they would often be in the jazz clubs. They were almost always strikingly attractive, but underneath that seemed some sadness. Whatever one thinks of their work, the women seemed smart. What impressed me most, though, was the great personal dignity with which they carried themselves. So, I started wondering what kind of life those women lived, and what if they turned the tables. What if one of those people-savvy women took things into her own hands to do things men usually do? And what was this odd dynamic between men and women that seemed so unfair to women, but then again, was something else, too. Many Japanese women might not even say Japanese society is unfair exactly, perhaps because Tokyo is home to a vibrant urban culture where women are incredibly free to do what they want and live how they like. But, what would that freedom turn into if taken to an extreme? Michiko is that extreme. The men struggle to catch up.
Michiko is the daughter of a factory owner whose mother died when she was young. Her character continues to get deeper as the story progresses. What did you use as a starting point for the character and what was your guidance as you built the character?
I think the way Michiko grew as a character was based on my observation of women, and men, in Tokyo, but all kinds of women, not just hostesses. There’s a lot of people TO observe in Tokyo, for one thing, but I like to talk and interact with people as much as I can. Michiko is a “typical” character in that her experience parallels the shift in Japan from a manufacturing society, which is where Michiko grew up, to an information and service society, which is how she makes money. I wondered how that shift affected women? Is it easier for women to adapt to economic changes than men, or harder? Michiko is working class in origin, growing up above a factory, but she turns herself into something else altogether through her own efforts. She’s tough and resilient, which is how I see most Japanese women, and yet still very feminine in traditional ways. She has no hesitation to compete in a man’s world, and to do it on her own terms. Like many characters, once she was created, everything followed from that.
The novel takes place in Tokyo. Why did you choose a train station in Japan as the setting to your novel?
Trains are one of the things I love most about Tokyo, but they are also these huge masses of steel shooting through a very densely populated city. Just as America is built around the car, Tokyo is built around trains. Suicides on the train lines, sadly, happen all too often.
I came upon the clean-up after a suicide one time years ago, and the image stayed with me.
Like every other commuter, I have been stuck waiting on a train or a platform when a suicide shuts down the entire train system. It’s so shocking because usually everything runs on time. So, I guess, if you transplant the American car chase to Tokyo, it becomes a train chase, or a chase on a train. I also like that as a setting because trains and train stations are great levelers. Everyone takes the train, together, equally. I also love trains and train stations because I can completely indulge in people-watching. It’s startling how many people you see in a day. Still, it’s never so lonely as in a crowd, and there’s always a crowd in Tokyo.
What is the next story that you are working on and when will it be available?
The next novel is called Japan Hand and Detective Hiroshi is again in the lead, together with Sakaguchi. They investigate the death of a long-time Japan specialist who helped negotiate the complicated relations between Japan and America, including the US military bases in Japan. That novel should be out by December of this year or early 2018. The next one after that is called Thai Girl in Tokyo and will be out in spring of 2018. I’ve finished writing those both, so they’re now being edited and polished.
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Bodybuilding for Weight Loss seeks to help people not only lose weight but sculpt their body as well. What has been your experience with bodybuilding and weight loss that lead you to writing a book?
I have been an avid weightlifter for over two years now which has allowed me to lose over 100 pounds of fat.
In this book you seek to change the way people look at food. What is one common misconception that people have about food while on a diet?
People normally think that they can’t enjoy all their favorite foods while on a diet but they can as long as the foods are organic. For example in the mornings I would recommend eating organic fruits, vegetables, and meats to jump-start the metabolism.
What is your daily workout routine like?
I usually wake up at 6:00 am, eat an organic breakfast, and then off I go to the gym. When I get to the gym I start by spending 30 minutes on the treadmill, and a variety of weightlifting exercises.
I felt like you brought a lot of your passion and experience into this book. How did you first get started in bodybuilding?
I first started bodybuilding with my brother. He was always into fitness so I finally went to the gym with him one day because I wanted to see a change in my physique.
James Eaton is a passionate Self-Help, Fitness, & Education Author who resides in Hinesville, Georgia. He is also a seasoned Affiliate Marketer, Entrepreneur, and Private Protection Officer. Hailing from Selma, Alabama, James’ love of helping people and all-things fitness began early on and it has stayed with him ever since.
Why do you think that weight loss with body building is the best way to lose weight?
You really can’t have one without the other once someone begins a bodybuilding regimen they will shed unwanted fat and build muscle mass especially when they apply what I teach in my book Bodybuilding for Weight Loss.
Are You Ready to Uncover the Secrets to Getting the Body You’ve Always Dreamed of? This guide will show you how to lose weight and sculpt your body into the toned shape you have always wanted. If you have tried and failed fad diets before, this is the book for you. Once you apply the principles in this book you will begin to lose weight and keep it off. Bodybuilding works to help you lose fat and gain muscle. The problem with most diets is that they are not designed to make permanent changes to your body. When you do bodybuilding properly, you change the chemistry of your body. You turn into a fat burning machine. You convert calories into toned muscles.
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