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The Magic of History

On writing historical fiction as if it were fantasy

When I first began working on my novel Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, my daughters were both young, and they were both voracious readers. Which, not surprisingly, I am as well. And so we happily read a lot of books together — both pleasure books and books assigned by their teachers.

Now, most of the books Sasha and Julia brought home from school were wonderful. But I noticed pretty early on that a lot of the “historical fiction” was way heavier on the historical than the story.

Again, some of the books were great. The Witch of Blackbird Pond? Crispin: Cross of Lead? Number the Stars? Terrific.

But a lot of the others were… less so.

I found myself looking at the books that my daughters and I found compelling and realized that, first and foremost, they were great stories — that they had  lot more in common with the magic in the fantasy books that we all enjoyed together (Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Tamara Pierce’s Tortall books) than a history text.

And so, as I thought about what style I wanted to take on when I began writing Risuko, I decided that I was going to write my historical novel as if it were a fantasy. Continue reading The Magic of History

Risuko Blog Tour Starts June 1!

Risuko - Can one girl win a war? Coming June 15! Risuko.NetBlog Tour

Starting June 1, YA Bound Blog Tours will be organizing a week-long series of reviews, feature articles, and guest posts on Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale and author David Kudler! (See the schedule below.)

Over eighteen bloggers will be discussing and reviewing Risuko, which comes out in bookstores and online on June 15. Look for more updates as the tour gets underway! Continue reading Risuko Blog Tour Starts June 1!

Six weeks to go — get your copy of Risuko now!

With just six weeks to go until the release of Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, you can avoid the wait and enter to win a copy today!

Through this Friday, author David Kudler is giving away a signed advance copy of his historical teen thriller on Goodreads:

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Risuko by David Kudler

Risuko

by David Kudler

Giveaway ends May 06, 2016.

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Set in sixteenth-century Sengoku era Japan, Risuko follows the journey of a young woman who is recruited to become a kunoichi. What does that mean, how will she adapt, and can one girl affect the outcome of a hundred years of civil war?

Interested in finding out more?

Sign up today to receive the subscriber-exclusive prequel tale “White Robes: A Kunoichi Companion Tale”!

Podcast Review/Interview with Risuko Author David Kudler

David Kudler (author): My friend Sue has been helping run a podcast for a number of years. Called PotterFicWeekly, it was originally dedicated to discussing Harry Potter fanfiction, but over the years they’ve branched out. Poufwa Exchange is their podcast for discussing other fandoms — and on the most recent podcast, they discussed Risuko and interviewed me!

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The interview starts at about the thirty-minute mark — the first half hour is Sue, Scott and Moony discussing the book. Continue reading Podcast Review/Interview with Risuko Author David Kudler

Flying Squirrel: Risuko Kickstarter zooms past 100%!

Flying Squirrel — Risuko Kickstarter fully fundedWell look at that! With 36 hours to spare, Risuko has crossed the dreaded Kickstarter 100% funding threshold. Risuko has truly become a flying squirrel!

Thank you so much to all of you who have pledged your support to the Kickstarter campaign — and especially to those of you who increased it, as well as those who’ve let their friends know! Every pledge counts, and I truly appreciate your help.

I’ve been thinking about stretch goals — incentives above and beyond the ones I’ve already offered — and I think I’ve come up with a good one: Continue reading Flying Squirrel: Risuko Kickstarter zooms past 100%!

Win a free copy of Risuko

This week, you have another opportunity to win a free copy of Risuko on Goodreads! Author David Kudler has made a paperback ARC (advance review copy) available on the world’s biggest book review site:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Risuko by David Kudler

Risuko

by David Kudler

Giveaway ends January 15, 2016.

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On climbing and Risuko

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David Kudler

I’m not afraid of heights, not really.

It’s just that, like Terry Pratchett’s wonderful protagonist Tiffany Aching, I have a well-developed respect for depths.

It’s funny, then, that I’ve written a book on climbing — a book about a young girl who loves nothing more than being as high up in the air as she can be. How did that happen? Continue reading On climbing and Risuko