No matter where I go, I meet people with the same hopes, the same fears, and the same needs for joy, companionship, and adventure. The human experience is a universal one. The things we have in common vastly outweigh that which differentiates us. Our life and time are precious. We must savor it. It is this philosophy I weave through my stories, no matter where the next step of my journey will bring me.
The idea came to me when I was lying in bed alone in my apartment in Japan. I was contemplating the vast nature of the universe when I suddenly thought, “How nice it would be if I could invite the planets over for a discussion on life, love and the larger purpose for our existence.”
I promptly opened up my notebook and sketched what the mythological Nine Celestial Beings would look like if they were ‘updated’ for the modern era. The idea ruminated in my head for four years before I finally sat down to write the story.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. Even today, I love visiting planetariums and observatories. It reminds me that the world is a vast and glorious place full of undiscovered mysteries.
I’d say a vast majority of them would prefer that I live a ‘stable and secure’ life where I conform to societal norms. However, the heart wants what it wants. I’ve met way too many people who make the mistake of projecting their own fears and expectations onto me.
One thing I’ve learned is that it is unwise to stand between a soul and its heart’s desire. The soul always chooses the heart’s desire.
They're insatiably curious and in that stage in their lives where they're discovering their own identity. They're not kids and they're not grown ups. They're mini-adults.
And yet, that little voice inside of me that wanted to tell stories never went away.
In 2018, I decided to try again. I couldn’t be bothered with the unnecessary hassle of going down the traditional route again, so I started my own publishing house.
The rest, as they say, is history.
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