Not Quite the Same Old, Same Old


This week, one of our foxes asked, “Are you writing the same kind of books you wrote when you first started?”

The answer for me – sort of.

The first book I started writing in earnest is the story that became The Samurai’s Garden. This is a historical novel set in northern Japan in 1870 and features a former samurai soldier. After this book was published, I had plans to make it the first in a series, and began a story about the samurai’s son. When I ran into a few snags in the research, I started one about his grandson, and actually sketched out the entire family line ending with the present. I loved researching Japanese American history, because I felt a deep connection with it. I assumed that this would be my niche, and that all my stories would include Japanese, or at least Japanese-American characters.

But I got sidetracked. In 2012, I responded to a call-out for holiday regency romance stories. The premise was interesting, and the requirements doable, and in a matter of a few months I submitted The Partridge and the Peartree. Six months later, I completed a companion story, Love’s Refrain. I discovered I enjoyed writing historical romance set in England just as much as I enjoyed writing about Japanese history. And it’s much easier to find resources about this era.

I’ve also dabbled in stories with contemporary settings, starting with Aegean Intrigue, written after visiting the Greek Islands, and Christmas Phoenix, set in the northern part of Michigan’s lower peninsula. And there are two contemporary Christmas stories set in my backyard, in West Michigan, between Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan.

So I’ve got a collection of books set in different times and different places. When I started writing for publication, I never expected to have such diversity in my stories. What they have in common is that they are all sweet romances. But the types of problems they face are all different.

But then again, people are all different, and each love story is unique. Also, people grow and change, and it stands to reason that the stories I create won’t always be the same. Because frankly, that would be boring.


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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12 Responses to Not Quite the Same Old, Same Old

  1. maryel0621 says:

    Your books are well written. No matter where they’re set or what period of time,they are quite enjoyable! Thank you!


  2. Best-laid plans, Patty! I imagine that ANYONE immersing themselves in Japanese culture would find it fascinating, let alone someone who was taken out of Japan as a child.However, as I was just having a discussion on how people are affected by situations and rise to occasions, your post hit it.
    I have a similar story myself for Friday.

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  3. diana-lloyd says:

    My first toe in the writing waters was a contemporary romcom. Abandoned that and found a love for history and research. So I wrote a historical western. That effort bogged down and I turned to Georgian and Regency England romance because that was what I really LOVED to read. A longish route to my dream.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      After reading How to Train Your Baron, I’d say you haven’t quite abandoned romantic comedy! Historical research is fun, I agree!

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Your cover for the Samurai’s Garden is one of the prettiest ever.I think most authors do change as they go along, but we’ll see what some of the others have to say this week.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Yes, I’m looking forward to seeing the other posts, too, Elaine. It seems that if a person is still writing the same over a long span of years, then he or she must have really strong convictions and ideas about what to write. But we’ll see.


  5. Jeff Salter says:

    I think it’s great that your reach exceeded your prediction.
    Or, to put it another way, you had a lot more — and different — stories inside your noggin that you first imagined.
    I’ll have to put on my thinking cap before Hound Day this week.


  6. How cool that your journey took you to unexpected places. I love research, too, and that’s why I set my historical romances during the American Revolution. That’s my favorite period in American history. But my mysteries called me to another era – the 1960s – which still required research. I think I’ve grown as a writer because I groan at some of the things I did in book one. (Pardon the play on words.)


  7. I love that you write a variety. I have enjoyed every one of your books and look forward to your new releases. Its nice when you can find an author who can write historical and contemporary.


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