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Kimberly Thatcher wasn't an English teacher. She wasn't a poet. She wasn't an adventurer. Now she wasn't even a fiancée. But when one of her fellow non-Japanese colleagues tried to make her a victim, she said no.
In Japan on a one-year teaching contract at a private English language school, and with her troubled relationship far behind her in London, Kimberly set out to make new friends. She would soon discover the darker side of travelling alone – and people's true intentions.
As she came to question the nature of all those around her – and herself – Kimberly was forced to embark on a soul-searching journey into emptiness. What came next after you looked into the abyss? Could Kimberly overcome the trauma – of sexual assault and pregnancy loss – blocking her path to personal enlightenment along the way, and forge a new identity in a journey of-
Death. Cremation. Rebirth.
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About the Author
Leilanie Stewart is a writer and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her former career as an Archaeologist has inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry.
Leilanie began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has also influenced themes in her writing.
In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their rambunctious preschooler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books.