So many people to thank. Noted historical novelist Bill Martin leads the list. Attending his address at the Maui Writer’s Conference, I realized my next attempt at writing a novel would have to be a historical one, given my reading habits. An after-the-speech conversation with Bill eventually led him to helping me bring Picture Bride to term. As he critiqued my early “tell instead of show” efforts, he often began, “If you want approbation, ask your family for a review. If you want to learn how to write . . .? Then his bold red notes mandated cuts, consolidations, commands to keep to the theme, etc.
A special thanks to Mariko Miho who, when I met and told her of my book project, gushed, “You must meet my father.” Kats Miho, a spotter for the 522nd artillery during WWII, became my surrogate father. At our weekly lunches, Kats reminisced about not only his fighting days but also growing up in Maui and attending the University of Hawaii prior to Pearl Harbor. Mariko opened so many doors to me. I lunched with Sue Isonaga who shared her pre-war days living with the FBI director and his wife as an au pair. Kats and Sue have passed on but continue to live in Picture Bride as Kenta and Sachiko. My appreciation to 442nd historian Ted Tsukiyama who pointed me in the research direction early in the project.
A super thank you to Lester Kaneta who gave me permission to use the wedding picture of his mother for the cover of Picture Bride.
I drove my Japanese wife crazy interrupting her days with incessant questions about Japanese culture. Mary Ann Berry who grew up in the Hawaiian-Japanese culture helped me use words from both languages correctly. She was merciless in catching grammar and word usages errors.
Three professional editors helped clarify, trim, and alter Picture Bride’s early drafts. A new novelist needs all the help one can muster. Without editors Vicki McCown, John Nelson, and Julie Scandora, Picture Bride would be a thousand pages of rambling disjointed scenes. Novelists are lucky if special readers of the almost-finished product will read and deliver feedback. Thus, my thanks go to Hiroko Falkenstein and Shelby Kariya who caught many cultural and grammatical errors.
A special thanks to long-passed Fred Makino who inaugurated the Hochi. Not only does its English language newspaper still enjoy a wide readership, but also its editor, Karleen Chinen, has been serializing Picture Bride.
Despite all this help, no doubt mistakes remain. The author takes full responsibility for such errors and welcomes reader corrections for future editions. You can send me a message here.