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Lea O’Harra is the pen name of Wendy Jones Nakanishi. An American by birth, she spent seven years in the UK: getting an MA at Lancaster University and a doctorate in 18th-century English literature at Edinburgh University. She arrived in Japan in the spring of 1984 and spent thirty-six years there, employed as a tenured member of staff at Shikoku Gakuin University. On retiring in the spring of 2020, she moved to England. She has published widely in her academic field — critical monographs, articles and book reviews about both English and Japanese literature as well as creative non-fiction describing her life as an American academic living in rural Japan, the wife of a Japanese farmer and the mother of three sons. Wendy Jones Nakanishi published her first crime fiction novel, entitled Imperfect Strangers: an Inspector Inoue Mystery, in August 2015 under the pen name of Lea O’Harra. It is available on Amazon (Sharpe Books, UK) in digital form and POD, as are her second novel in the Inspector Inoue mystery series, Progeny, appearing in July 2016, and her third, Lady First, in August 2017. In autumn 2017, Lady First was awarded “finalist” status in the crime fiction section of the Beverly Hills Book Awards.
Her latest publication The Best Asian Crime Stories 2020, a Kitaab International publication edited by Richard Lord, is an anthology of stories in Asian settings, ranging from Japan to Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and India. It was launched at The Singapore Writers Festival, held online from 30 October to 8 November 2020. Lea O’Harra’s contribution, printed under the author’s real name of Wendy Jones Nakanishi, is entitled ‘Cold Comforts’. It a 10,000 word story set in a rural area of Japan.
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Click here to watch the YouTube video consisting of interviews of the authors of the short stories included in the publication.
In autumn 2017, Lady First was awarded “finalist” status in the crime fiction section of the Beverly Hills Book Awards.
Books by Lea O’Harra
The Best Asian Crime Stories 2020
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