A little something extra

By Gail | Aug 7, 2020
La Belle Esplanade NOLA Gail Holloway

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get a little something extra. Like when you order a half dozen doughnuts or potato cakes and they throw in one more as a bonus. In New Orleans they have a local word for that – Lagniappe. We picked up one excellent word, a word worth travelling to New Orleans to get; a nice, limber, expressive, handy word — ‘lagniappe’. They pronounce it lanny- yap. It is Spanish — so they said. MarkTwain, ‘Life on the Mississippi’. On my first visit to New Orleans in 2015, I was staying at a wonderful bed and breakfast, La Belle…

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Gail’s 2007 – A game-changer

By Gail | Aug 3, 2020
Gail's 2007

In many ways 2007 was a game-changer. It was my job to help keep children safe, but toys became so hazardous we nearly had to cancel Christmas. It was also the year I began writing my novel. World attention That year I represented Australia at the first ever consumer product safety conference in China – a momentous occasion. It was a major event in international relations…

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How I got started writing

By Gail | Apr 19, 2020
Gail Holloway writing

I didn’t set out to write a novel. Cherry Blossom Footsteps was the first piece of creative writing I had done, and it began after an overseas trip when I had to finish writing my trip diary at home. I’d enjoyed writing the diary, so I thought why not try my hand at some creative writing. I opted for the genre I was most practised…

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1960s music from the Kyoto retro nightclub

By Gail | Apr 12, 2020
Gail Holloway songs

In Cherry Blossom Footsteps, Lauren and her travel mates go to a retro nightclub. I’ve made a YouTube playlist of songs and dance videos from Lauren’s last night in Kyoto. 1960s pop songs Of course, I chose all songs and artists that I like: These Boots are Made for Walkin’, by Nancy Sinatra. Great clip with some cool 60s dancing. Nancy looks like she’s having…

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My personal chop stamp

By Gail | Mar 23, 2020
Gail Holloway author

I love Asian art and have several pieces that I’ve collected on various travels. Some that I picked up while travelling in Japan and Hong Kong have ‘chops’. These are like stamps, used instead of signatures, on art and on personal documents. As my book’s set in Japan and Hong Kong, I decided to get a chop to include in the book and on its…

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The book

What I love about Japan

Cherry Blossom Footsteps

Adventures in Japan and Hong Kong

About the author

I turned my attention to fiction after nurturing a love of writing journals to record my many travels. Some elements of Cherry Blossom Footsteps are based on my own experiences. (I'm not revealing which, though).

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