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The Revealing of Wendy Tokunaga

November 11, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles

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Wendy Tokunaga debuted two years ago with her highly praised novel, Midori By Moonlight. In this writing, the author told a tale based on her personal “experience in studying the Japanese language and culture; living, working and playing in Japan; and her cross-cultural marriage.” Yet her main theme and character focused on why some people feel the need to trade in their native culture for a new one.

In less than two weeks the writer’s second novel, Love in Translation, will be released with a similar theme but a very different setting. A full presentation of Love in Translation is scheduled to appear here on Monday, November 23rd, but until then let’s read beyond this website bio:

Born in San Francisco, Wendy has lived her whole life in the San Francisco Bay Area (except for a stint in Tokyo in the 1980s). She lives with her Osaka-born surfer-dude husband, Manabu Tokunaga, several virtual West Highland white terriers, and a champagne-sable Burmese cat dubbed Meow in a house that is a ten-minute walk from the Pacific Ocean.

Instead it’s time to reveal Wendy Tokunaga — a most creative, multi-talented individual:

Q: How would you describe your current life in 8 words?
A: Writing Marketing Writing Marketing Writing Marketing Writing Marketing

Q: What is your motto or maxim?A: Never, never give up.

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: A good bottle of wine and a great dinner out with my husband.

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: The power of fear itself.

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Depending on my mood either Shinjuku Station in Tokyo or Makawao, Maui.

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: Miep Gies

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Tap dancing

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: A toss-up between getting my novels published and returning to school to get my MFA in Writing.

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: My lack of interest in housework.

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: My lack of interest in housework.

Q: What do you regret most?
A: Je ne regrette rien!

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: A contented cat.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Winnie-the-Pooh (A. A. Milne version)

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Q: Duchess the Cat in “Babe”

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Hideki Matsui – Sushi o tabe ni ikimasen ka? (Shall we go eat some sushi?)

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People writing “loose” when they mean “lose.”

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Real estate agent with my own show on HGTV.

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Sincerity, a sense of humor, and good time management skills.

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Sushi!

Q: Who are some of your favorite musicians?
A: Bill Charlap (jazz pianist), Kelly Clarkson, Booty Luv, Allison Iraheta, Manabu Tokunaga.

Q: What are some of your favorite novels you’ve read recently?
A: Oh! A Mystery of Mono no Aware by Todd Shimoda; No One You Know by Michelle Richmond; American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld; How to Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward.

Charmingly, complex, get to know Wendy Tokunaga even better by following her on Twitter or become a friend on Facebook.

7 Comments to “The Revealing of Wendy Tokunaga”


  1. Hi 🙂
    Thank you for the interesting interview with Wendy Tokunaga. Thanks too Wendy for sharing. I enjoyed learning more about Wendy.
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    🙂

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  2. Thanks for letting Wendy’s warmth and humor shine! Can’t wait to read her book.

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  3. Larramie – Thank you so much for having me be a part of The Diving Wand!

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  4. Can’t wait for Wendy’s novel.

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  5. Sorry! Of course I meant Divining Wand. 🙂

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  6. My word for today was ‘magic’ how appropo!

    I love these interviews you do, they remind me of the back page of Vanit Fair, the famous ‘Proust’ interviews, and are such a wonderful means to reveal the author.

    PS Not sure I’m aiming for a hotel or ski lodge, maybe a homebased business.

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  7. Great “interview”! I can’t wait to read Wendy’s book!

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