This is my dream: to bring Nagaro’s story to readers who will enjoy it as much as I have. It’s a story that has held my imagination in thrall for what amounts now to most of my life.
Many writers say their characters tend to develop a life of their own. This certainly happened to me with Nagaro. As I went along, I found there were things I intended to do with him that he simply wouldn’t let me do. I had to follow his lead instead.
I believe it was J. R. R.Tolkien who said “the tale grew in the telling,” in reference to his archetypal work, The Lord of the Rings. Again, I had the same experience.