My First Time...with Zelda Rhiando

Zelda Rhiando is an author, the winner of the Kidwell E-Book Award and the co-founder of The Brixton Book Jam...wow-ee. Her novel Fukushima Dreams is getting rave reviews and Zelda is joining us to read at our birthday event on Thursday May 10th...

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Zelda Rhiando, The Riff Raff

Here's the blurb for Fukushima Dreams...

'Sachiko and her husband Harry live in a village on the North-east coast of Japan. They are both struggling to adapt to life as new parents to their infant son Tashi. In the aftermath of the tsunami, Sachiko wakes alone. Her family is missing.

She begins a desperate search until radiation fallout from the Fukushima power plant forces her to leave the area. She moves to Tokyo, and a different life. Harry has fled to a refuge on an isolated mountain, abandoning his family. He lives there, haunted by guilt and hovering on the edge of sanity. Will they find each other and confront the question of their missing son?'

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Describe the exact moment you decided to write your book?

Whilst watching live footage of the 2011 Tsunami. I’d already been thinking about a story where one of the main characters makes the decision to abandon their former life. And I wanted to tell the story of the survivors. There’s a general lack of awareness on the impact of the Tsunami on Fukushima, and on the wider environment – and I wanted to talk about that too.

What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before starting to write your first book?

Always have a timeline – especially when basing a story on true events.

What’s your go-to procrastination method?

Gardening – I think subconscious creativity is key when writing imaginative fiction.

What was the biggest tantrum you had while writing it?

When my editor didn't get the ending of the book TWICE and wanted me to put spoilers in chapter one. I stuck to my guns and glad I did.