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What inspired you to write this story?
I wanted to write a story about someone who is so dark and dangerous, placed in a setting filled with entitled brats and bullies of all shapes and forms and see what happens. I also wanted to write a story of love and hope… of someone that rediscovers her humanity after being numbed from her own dark past, and who learns to open her heart and allow herself to be happy.
What was your favorite part to write?
I enjoyed writing the fight scenes, because they were very unique. Sakura has this hidden power inside her that radiates a dangerous aura with just one look in her eyes, and she knows this about herself but tries not to get overwhelmed and carried away by the circumstance, especially when some of the brats in her school tries to bully her. She constantly fights with the demons inside her: the side that wants to destroy, and the side that chooses a less gruesome path.
What was the hardest part to write?
The end is always the hardest. Not because of the writing, but more so of the fact that I would have to say goodbye to the characters I spent so much time with. They are like my children, and though the goodbye is temporary, since there is still a sequel, I can’t help but miss them.
How did you come up with your characters?
It wasn’t hard. It was the characters that revealed themselves to me. It started as a thought in my head, and it took a life on its own once written in paper. I knew right away what I wanted and how I wanted them to be. Careful thought came with naming them and in developing their personalities.
Do you have anything coming up and can you tell us about it?
The sequel to HANAMI is coming up next year, followed by the third and final sequel in the form of an anthology. I won’t go into detail about this just yet because I want it to remain a surprise. Aside from these two books, I have several more romances in the works, as well as a middle grade adventure book and a non-fiction in the beginning stages.
He snatched her backpack and swung it around his shoulder.
“Hey!” she protested, lunging for it.
Jin stepped aside, evading her grasp. He smiled to himself, taking long strides toward his car. He could hear her feet going after him.
Mr. Fujimaru was already by the car, holding the door open. His guards stood waiting like goons by the sidewalk.
“Look,” she said, grabbing his elbow before he could duck into his car, “I don’t care if you rescued me. I am not going with you! I don’t even know you!”
Her words cut right through him.
She lunged for her bag again, but Jin threw it into the farthest corner of the back seat.
He looked at her tilting his head down, their height difference apparent. He thought about what she said.
She doesn’t know me? His forehead creased. Was he really that invisible to her? He felt like someone had just slapped him across the face. He took one long look at her before ducking into his car.
He was confused. Any girl would jump at the chance to be with him—she should have been honored and groveling at his feet for rescuing her! What was wrong with her?
He felt her slide into the seat next to him, her knees slightly touching the side of his thigh. But before he could think, she reached across him, leaning her upper body against his lap to grab her bag. Jin froze.
She straightened back up, clutching her bag to her chest. Her eyes met his with a piercing glare, and a wave of heat suddenly swept over him.
Jin looked away, landing his gaze on her reflection on the car door window. Even with an angry face, she still looked so beautiful.
Jin smiled, tilting his head to the side to get a better look. I should stop this, he told himself, but it was too late. She was too interesting to be left alone.
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