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Zen Fairy Tales

I am currently working on a grown-ups version of Cherry Blossoms for Children – Life Lessons to Grow By, entitled Zen Fairy Tales. Below is a short question and answer session one commonly sees on book blog sites to engage readers’ interest with authors’ newest books and ongoing creativity.

Q: What is the working title of your current book?

A: I am presently working on a unique book I have tentatively entitled Hip Zen Fairy Tales. I got the idea to do this when a friend asked me if I could come up with something that was deep and at the same time entertaining.

Q: What genre does your book fall under?

A: It isn’t a question of genre unless you put it into the category of humor, wit, coolness … whatever. I use what may be considered to be ‘hip’ jargon, but not to the extent that it becomes boring. The book is aimed at what I would call children of all ages, depending upon what you call children of all ages. There is nothing desultory or obscene in it, so it could go anywhere, I guess. I also include short moral lessons and meditations at the end of each tale to enhance the story line. The book isn’t for kiddies … but it could be.

Q: Briefly, describe the main characters in your book.

A: The work revolves around an oriental sage named Mokubei, whom some readers have determined is me in another guise, and my grandson as Tomo-san, his young charge. There are various and sundry characters that complement the stories.

Q: In one sentence, what is the synopsis of your book?

A: Essentially, life lessons to grow by and moral predicaments that take on a notion of contemporary behavior to produce results you want to experience.

Q: What actors would you choose to play the part of your character in a movie rendition?

A: For Mokubei, I would choose myself. Why not? Hey, give Jackie Chan a call. He’s cool, and funny too. The young people and other characters could be gleaned from Central Casting. It would be nice if things got to that level. I can also see it as a cartoon series.

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft?

A: About an hour and a half for the complete set of 36 tales. Just kidding! I got into it and focused my energies on the end result of what I was trying to do and knocked it out in about two, maybe three weeks.

Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

A: Aesop’s Fables. Maybe, James Thurber’s Tales for Our Time, Steve Allen’s Bop Fables. And, stop with the ‘genre’ thing; it makes it more than it’s supposed to be. It’s a fun book. Of course, it can be done as a straight chapter book or with the inclusion of tasty illustrations. Anyone interested? No money, but good exposure (chuckle, chuckle).

Q: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

A: At first I didn’t take to the idea, even though my friend thought it would be cool. Then, I had flashes of inspiration, if you will, and I said to myself, Do it! And, I did.

Q: What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

A: I think it might be the realistic interplay between all of the characters and the specific situations they encounter in their normal travels through life. Besides, Mokubei is such a together dude (wink, wink).

For more info on the author, visit: http://www.hanshi.com

About Stephen F. Kaufman

Author of the best-selling interpretations of Musashi's "Book of Five Rings," Sun Tzu's "Art of War," along with Lao Tzu's "Living Tao," "The Shogun's Scroll," "The Way of the Modern Warrior," and "The Sword in the Boardroom," which focuses on business management based on honesty, integrity, and morality for contemporary negotiations. Rev. Stephen F. Kaufman is the founder of Self-Revealization Acceptance™, the first, foremost, and original reality facilitation concept ever presented to the modern world in 1993, guaranteed to bring immediate and permanent results. Acknowledged as a founding father of American Karate, he was elected to the title and rank of Hanshi, 10 Dan, the most prestigious accomplishment in the martial arts world in 1991 by international peer associations. His karate martial arts system is recognized by leading world martial arts master to be one of the most realistic warrior methods in the world. He has received countless awards and honors for his work. He has been awarded the Platinum Lifetime Achievement and Platinum Martial Arts Pioneer award denoting 50 years of service to the art.

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