Interviews

LOCATION, LOCUTION: Fran Pickering, London-based crime writer and Japanophile

The Displaced NationIn this month’s “Location, Locution”, expat crime writer JJ Marsh interviews Fran Pickering, a London-based crime and mystery writer who has lived and travelled extensively in Japan.

Her experiences there provide the inspiration for her Josie Clark in Japan mystery series…

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Cuppa and a cake with Fran Pickering – Cherry Blossom Murder – Japan

Booktrail‘It’s a lovely sunny day here at Booktrail towers and we have a lovely lady coming over for a cuppa and a cake – Fran Pickering author of The Cherry Blossom Murder which we feature in a booktrail has come over to see us for some cake (cherry of course) and a cuppa of Japanese tea…’

The Book Trail – Words leave imprints in your mind like footprints in the sand 


How to Make it to the Top 5% of Indies

Laxmi‘I met Fran Pickering a few years ago, when I had just published my first book, and she was debating whether to publish hers. Then she plunged in. Today Fran’s novel, the Cherry Blossom Murder has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014. That’s 5% of the total 10,000 books entered. As a fellow author I was thrilled and as an Indie I felt vindicated by her success. So I asked Fran a little more about how it all unfolded…’

Young Adult, Old Soul – A near life experience told me to write… I never stopped.


#NaNoWriMo author interview with Fran Pickering!

SophieCarrying on with our #NaNoWriMo theme this month, it’s time for an author interview!

Earlier this week I reviewed ‘The Haiku Murder’, the second novel in the Josie Clark in Japan series by Fran Pickering, and now it’s time for an interview with the lovely lady herself…

Sophie’s Japan BlogFrom Samurai to Sushi


Meet the author: Fran Pickering

Jane DavisQ: Where is The Cherry Blossom Murder set and how did you decide on its setting?
A: It’s set in Japan, partly in Tokyo and partly in a small town in the mountains outside Osaka called Takarazuka, home of the unique and spectacular all-female Takarazuka Revue. The Takarazuka Revue is one of the biggest theatre companies in Japan and yet it’s hardly known in the West, which is why I wanted to write about it…

Jane Davis – Jane Davis Author


The Story behind the Story: The Cherry Blossom Murder by Fran Pickering

ihKzHuatIf you ask people what comes to mind when they think about Japan, chances are they’ll say geisha, samurai and sushi. But the Japan I know, 21st century Japan, isn’t like that. It’s fast and modern and full of Starbucks and McDonald’s, yet it’s still completely different to the West. Just not in the way you’d expect. It’s hard to explain what modern Japan is like, so I decided to do it through a murder mystery series about an expat Londoner and amateur sleuth, Josie Clark, and her life in Tokyo with her Japanese friends and work colleagues.

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