Today we are chatting with Emiko Jean, author of Tokyo Dreaming
Read on for more about her, the book, and a 2 book giveaway!
Meet Emiko Jean:
When Emiko Jean isn’t writing, she is reading. Before she became a writer, she was an entomologist, a candlemaker, a florist, and most recently, a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She is the author of Reese’s YA Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller Tokyo Ever After, Tokyo Dreaming, Empress of all Seasons, and We’ll Never Be Apart.
About The Book: Tokyo Dreaming
Return to Tokyo for a royal wedding in Emiko Jean’s Tokyo Dreaming, the sequel to the Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller Tokyo Ever After
When Japanese-American Izumi Tanaka learned her father was the Crown Prince of Japan, she became a princess overnight. Now, she’s overcome conniving cousins, salacious press, and an imperial scandal to finally find a place she belongs. She has a perfect bodyguard turned boyfriend. Her stinky dog, Tamagotchi, is living with her in Tokyo. Her parents have even rekindled their college romance and are engaged. A royal wedding is on the horizon! Izumi’s life is a Tokyo dream come true.
Her parents’ engagement hits a brick wall. The Imperial Household Council refuses to approve the marriage citing concerns about Izumi and her mother’s lack of pedigree. And on top of it all, her bodyguard turned boyfriend makes a shocking decision about their relationship. At the threat of everything falling apart, Izumi vows to do whatever it takes to help win over the council. Which means upping her newly acquired princess game.
But at what cost? Izumi will do anything to help her parents achieve their happily ever after, but what if playing the perfect princess means sacrificing her own? Will she find a way to forge her own path and follow her heart?
Who is your favorite character in the book?
I’ve really loved writing each and every character in Tokyo Dreaming. But if I had to answer, I’d say Eriku. He is new to the story and Izumi’s life and brings such a new fresh perspective. He was entertaining to write!
Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. I always give my WIPs a working title which always changes. We cycled through
many possibilities before landing on Tokyo Dreaming.
What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
At the beginning of the book, there is a scene between Izumi and her mom. It’s very tender and emotional how they support each other through a tough time. And it is a scene in the book that stayed largely intact throughout revisions. It’s so rare in writing to get something right the first time!
What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Hands down the representation. I love that we see a beautiful Japanese American girl on the cover!
What’s up next for you?
I’m pretty squirrelly when it comes to discussing what’s coming up. But I do have plans for more YA books featuring Japanese American leads.
What is the main message or lesson you would like your reader to remember from this book?
It’s okay not to have everything figured out right now.
What would you say is your superpower?
Since I can remember, I’ve had a knack for finding four-leaf clovers J.
What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
There are a couple of books pubbing this year that I had the privilege of reading early. Once Upon a Lantern by Gloria Chao, This Time It’s Real by Ann Liang, and Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert were all fantastic reads!
Book’s Title: TOKYO DREAMING
Author: Emiko Jean
Release Date: 05/31/22
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genre: Young Adult
Age Range: 12-18
Three winners will receive one hardcover copy of TOKYO DREAMING and one paperback copy of TOKYO EVER AFTER (Emiko Jean) ~ US ONLY
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