Let’s see how this process played out in my latest novel, Keiretsu a political suspense story coming out this month. Keiretsu was inspired by newspaper articles I read about China’s growing military and Japan’s fear of China. Japan had inflicted great atrocities on China in WWII with the “rape of Nanking,” for which they never apologized.
Questions started to develop. (Without belaboring the point, below are only a few of the many questions that had to be logically answered if the reader of a book this complicated isn’t going to say, “Ridiculous.”)
- As China’s military continues to grow will China try to exact its revenge on Japan?
- With China developing “carrier killing cruise missiles” to keep the American fleet at bay, can Japan continue to rely on the U.S. as their protector? More important will the U.S. go to war with China to protect Japan?
- Considering Nagasaki, Hiroshima and now the Fukushima melt down will Japan’s government build nuclear weapons? Will the people protest? Are the people in a state of denial about China’s threat?
- Even if they do it secretly, the U.S. is bound to find out. With the U.S. demands that Iran and North Korea halt their nuclear weapons programs, what will Japan do when U.S. demands Japan cease and desist?
- Toshio Nagoya―ANTAGONIST. Ultra-nationalist CEO of Japan’s largest keiretsu; chairman of the Cabal.
- Michiko Nagoya―Toshio’s wife stuck in a loveless marriage.
- Ogato Nagoya―Toshio’s and Michiko’s son; his primary goal is to garner praise from his father; works in America as liaison between Toshio and John; obsessed with Gingi from the first day he saw her.
- John Nagoya―Second generation Japanese American; Toshio’s cousin; he seeks revenge against his country because at the age of nine he watched a mob beat his parents to death after their release from the internment camps; a lawyer, he aligns with Toshio and forms the PAC.
- Yoshi Nagoya―John’s wife. Loves everything American.
- Gingi Nagoya Morrison―John and Yoshi’s daughter; married to Danny Morrison; despises Ogato.
- Roger Nagoya―John and Yoshi’s son. With John away on business for long periods of time, Yoshi raised Roger and Gingi with every advantage wealthy American parents could give their children. Roger is the PROTAGONIST in conflict with his father.
- Senator Ted Morrison―Powerful Senator; avid fighter against foreign companies donating money to America’s politicians and PACs.
- Sandy Morrison―Ted’s wealthy, socialite wife; enamored by her husband’s powerful position in the Senate; never accepted Gingi as her daughter-in-law.
- Danny Morrison―Ted and Sandy’s son born with a “silver spoon in his mouth”; not fond of working; likes to race sailboats and stock cars; married to Gingi Nagoya.
- Douglas Welfield―Sandy Morrison’s brother; state party chairman; does a lot of business with the Japanese auto manufacturers; grudgingly supports Ted; but not enamored with his brother-in-law’s political policies toward foreign countries.
Once you begin your writing try to find a critique group that will give you honest feedback on character development, dialogue, voice, plot, conflict and setting. But don’t automatically take anyone’s critique as gospel. Remember, it’s your story. Analyze the critiques to see if they have merit. Say you have a six person group. If one person criticizes something then it may or may not be valid. But if three or four in the group say the same thing about a segment then you should take it under serious consideration.
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