Six months after my novel, my first collection of poetry and short stories has been self-published as The Girl with Amber Eyes.
It took about six years to write, revise, compile and gather the conviction to share these works as a tangible book, and I am grateful to so many friends, audiences and kind people who crossed paths with me for helping me create this finished product. I was also fortunate to be able to do some poetry readings and workshop some of these poems while in San Francisco in 2016-2017, which was quite eye-opening for an introverted artist like myself. Here’s a summary of this collection:
Experimental, nostalgic and powerfully sincere, The Girl with Amber Eyes weaves together a collection of zuihitsu, poems and short stories written in cities across the United States, South Korea and Japan between 2014 and 2020. Penned from Nakashima’s perspective as a mixed-race third culture kid, these vividly authentic reflections capture her musings on the search for a spatial and spiritual home, growing up and finding meaning in motion while occupying and traveling the cities of San Francisco, Chicago, Brooklyn, Washington, D.C., Seoul, Jeonju, Kumamoto and Las Vegas.
In short, this collection addresses my changing views on how to create ‘home,’ and why I have also chosen to leave homes. It is about as personal as I can get, but in this way I hope to provide something that you may connect with deeply and personally, as well.
Paperback and e-book versions are available on Amazon and the Kindle platform. Special offer for those of you who would like an exclusive free PDF in exchange for providing a short review: please comment on this post or message me directly. Your comments are truly appreciated, and my goal as a writer is to reach as many audiences as possible.
Wishing you a safe spring with many beautiful days to come.