Katherine M. Lawrence is the author of the Sword of the Taka Samurai book series about a young woman samurai who lived in 12th-century Japan. Four of Katherine’s books—Cold Saké: Yamabuki vs. the Undead, Cold Blood: Yamabuki vs. the Sword Master, Cold Rain: Yamabuki and the Warlord Prince, and Cold Heart: Yamabuki vs. the Shinobi Priest—are out in paperback and ebook (and some in audiobook formats), and Cold Trail is available for pre-order. Three more books in the Sword of the Taka Samurai series, as well as other stories set in Heian Japan, are slated for release.
For several years, Katherine M. Lawrence has been researching and writing the adventures of Yamabuki, an actual historic female samurai who lived in the Heian Era of Japan during the years running up and through the Genpei War. With the publication by Toot Sweet Ink of Cold Saké: Yamabuki vs. the Undead, her stories have finally started to become available to readers.
Inspired by several decades studying in martial arts halls led by women — as a martial arts in-residence student for four years at the Ja Shin Do Academy both in Boston, Massachusetts, and Santa Fe, New Mexico dojangs; the San Jose State University Kendo Club; and Pai Lum White Lotus Fist-Crane style in Albany, New York — Katherine set out to write about the experiences of women who train in warriors’ skills … and about Yamabuki in particular. Studying marital arts from the Korean, Japanese, and Chinese traditions helped prepare Katherine to write about Yamabuki’s journeys through these lands.
In her undergraduate and masters degree work under the late Jon Bridgman and the late Imre Boba, Katherine developed an appreciation for the different mindsets of people in other eras and cultures; the assumptions of 21st-century Americans are very different from late 19th century Europeans, let alone peoples of other cultures in bygone eras. As H.P. Hartley writes, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”
Katherine M. Lawrence has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington, where she also was a few units away from a dual degree in History, and an MBA from Harvard University. For years, she worked in corporate America, working for companies such as DuPont, Hewlett-Packard, and the Japanese company Kanika.
According to The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2015, Katherine M. Lawrence may very well have originated the widely used term “glass ceiling.”
When she finds any additional free time, Katherine pursues cooking authentic cajun food, studying advanced mathematics, trying to beat the computer at chess, and eating all the sushi she can find.
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