The Tradition of Storytelling

Whilst I like to think everything I write is original, my books are inspired by the unique storytelling cultures of the places in which they are set. The story I am currently writing takes place in Costa Rica, and I am struck by how much the traditional tales of that country differ from those of Japan, the setting for my first book.

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Japan is a group of islands, which for much of its history had little contact with the rest of the world. It has uniquely Japanese stories, such as those featuring Samurai warriors, which you just don’t get anywhere else.

Costa Rica is a mainland country, with neighbours to the north and south. Originally populated by indigenous tribes, it became part of the Spanish empire, and then was home to a community of slaves brought across from the Caribbean islands. It is now a vibrant melting pot of different cultures with a fascinating wealth of folklore about everything from dogs to volcanoes.

Even though I can’t visit every country I’d like to go to, I can share other people’s experiences by reading stories those places inspired. But I can’t help feeling there is a uniquely personal story, just waiting for its central character to arrive, in every place I’ve never been.

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