July 28, 2014
Writing has been my lifeblood for as long as I’ve been halfway literate, which makes for about sixty-eight years. In 1946, at age fourteen, I launched a small magazine, "typeset" on a typewriter, creating carbon copies. I wrote poetry and essays and composed songs. Two years later, I edited the school magazine. I was determined to study literature and become a writer. But times were bleak.

Like much of Europe, Holland, the country of my birth, had been under German occupation. Post-war Europe was impoverished and fearful of being communized. A university education was out of the question, so my father suggested a career in overseas banking. I was hired by a Dutch bank with branches all over Asia, and after a year of intensive in-house training, left by ship to my first posting, Singapore, followed by a transfer to Japan. This proved the beginning of a long affair with Japan, rich in cultural and poetic experience, with banking as my alibi. I soon mixed in bohemian circles, married a Japanese literature graduate, founded and edited an English-language poetry magazine, New Japan Pebbles, and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines. All this while somehow also meeting the expectations of my superiors at the bank.

Apart from a two-year unpaid escape, spent writing in England, I remained in banking. Yet the pen kept luring me. Finally, in 1988, at the end of a seven-year stay in New York, I left banking for good. I moved to Amsterdam, then London, then Sydney, and in 2003 back to Japan, where I currently live.

The long years of exile from my true calling had not been entirely barren. Poems and essays and short stories and unfinished plays filled a dozen folders. But now the writing turned professional: opinion pieces for newspapers, articles for magazines, more short stories.

In 2005, I finally got my first book published, an autobiography and social commentary under the title The Magatama Doodle, One Man’s Affair with Japan, 1950-2004 (Global Oriental). It drew rave reviews, both for its English edition and the Japanese translation by Hiromi Mizoguchi. Since then, I’ve published four more books: Noon Elusive and Other Stories (H2H Publishers/Trafford, 2006); Showa Japan: the Post-War Golden Age and its Troubled Legacy (Tuttle, 2008; Japanese edition, by Hiromi Mizoguchi: Random House Kodansha, 2009); The Undying Day, a bilingual (English-Japanese) collection of poetry (H2H/Trafford 2011); and The Tomb in the Kyoto Hills and Other Stories (Strategic, 2012). Some of my poems are also included in the poetry anthology Volutions (Savant, 2014). All are available on www.amazon.com with Look Inside features.
My writing is as diverse as my life and largely mirrors personal experience. Like the protagonist in my newest book, In the Eyes of the Son (Savant 2014), I also did some serious photography and even held an exhibition in 2008 in Tokyo of photographs taken of post-war Japan by me and a close friend, Ysbrand Rogge. The exhibition attracted 50,000 visitors. All this inspired my first novel, IN THE EYES OF THE SON (Savant 2014), which reflects the drama and challenges I experienced in different countries, and the painful struggle to free myself from a career that I never chose.

Books in the works include an account of how I balance the opposing forces of life (a personal philosophy if you will); a collection of vignettes of fascinating people, both famous and unknown, whom I met over the years; and a story about the dangers and thrills I was exposed to in The Hague in the closing months of the second world war.

I invite you to visit my two websites: www.habri.co.uk and www.habri.jp -- the latter is bilingual, English/Japanese, and is updated monthly.

Hans Brinckmann
Author of IN THE EYES OF THE SON (Savant 2014)

INTRODUCING THE POETS OF VOLUTIONS, the 2014 Savant Poetry Anthology

June 22, 2014
Creating VOLUTIONS, the 2014 Savant Poetry Anthology, was like assembling a self-assembling puzzle. The moment I finished final selection (over a 1,000 excellent poems were submitted) the pieces seemed to arrange themselves. For example, Leilani Madison's "Lullaby For My Mother at 103" singularly placed itself after Lonner Holden's "Upon Dying." Two, intricately crafted poems; each magically illuminating the other.

The voices of the poets, hailing from Northern and Southern California, Washing...
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September 4, 2013
My passion for creative writing began after a typical small town boyhood in Kokomo, Indiana. Paper routes, basketball, teen dances and too many greasy French fries were followed with a BA degree at Wabash College, a small liberal arts college just down the road from Purdue. As an English major, I contributed cartoons and satiric articles to the humor magazine and short stories to the more serious literary publication.

After a fun summer in New Orleans, where I survived by selling Bibles from d...
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August 12, 2013
Aloha! As a wanderer who's lived in almost every state of the USA at one time or another (I grew up in Alaska when it was still a territory and live in climatically opposite Hawaii), I like to say when people ask me what I do that I'm an author. That is, after all, what I've been doing for over 40 years in a wide variety of genre's under several different pen-names, despite distractions, like being a pediatric (later integrative health/preventive medicine/public health) physician, university ...
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July 22, 2013
I have always wanted to write. More often than not, life opened other doors for me, though the door to a writing career always seemed closed.  I found myself in an assortment of fields to support my family, including industrial supervision, construction, and teaching. It was teaching that took up most of my adult life, and I still find myself immersed in it during my “retirement.”

My mother was my biggest writing motivator. She encouraged me to write poetry when I was in elementary school ...
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March 9, 2013
Tony Tame was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1943. His mother was a native Jamaican and his father was "technically" an Englishman who arrived on the island with their baby in arms. An only "island" child, he naturally assumed that simply by being born he had done all that could reasonably be assumed would be required of him in life.

Tony enthusiastically left high school in absolute agreement with his father’s view that "spending further money on tertiary education in his case would be a was...
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November 13, 2012

My name is David Allan Williams and I am a writer. It kind of sounds like I should be standing in front of a group at a weekly AA—Authors Anonymous—meeting. I guess that’s how I feel about writing now: It’s addictive. Especially when a work is finally released.

I would not recommend being an author to anyone looking for a career choice. It is a journey full of rejection and despair, brief moments of relief and excitement and capped with an overall anticipation that something bigger wi...
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October 30, 2012
Like my first book, HELLO, NORMA JEAN (Savant 2010), THE LOONS (Savant 2012) also started out as a screenplay written several years ago. In converting THE LOONS into a contemporary comedy-of-errors novel, I worked hard to maintain the freshness of a play and the visuals of a movie. Reminiscent of the screwball comedies of the 1930s, THE LOONS is replete with heavy doses of love woven throughout the chaos.

As with HELLO, NORMA JEAN, I was excited that Savant Books and Publication saw promise i...
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September 29, 2012
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. As a teen, in particular, I wrote awful poetry and tried to emulate Bob Dylan. I started writing seriously in seminary at Boston University in 1972. There I was published for the first time—a series of poems in an alumni journal—work lost long ago. During my six year tenure as a parish minister, I became a disciplined writer, having to produce a sermon each week, both a literary and theological task. During this period I wrote many short ...
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August 10, 2012
When I was little, we would eat good food and then listen to stories. I was fortunate to have two of the best storytellers ever: My father’s mother told fables, horror, and zombie stories. Her stories were flights of fancy, intense and imaginative. My mother told real life stories of growing up in the fifties and sixties. Alternating between each of their homes (I lived with both) I heard the best of both worlds.

I remember as a child telling myself that when I grew up, I wanted to tell sto...
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