Yurie Kiri - CraveBooks

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Yurie Kiri Author

Member Since: 06/2022


Yurie Kiri’s novel Moonlight Beach won the 2020 Hollywood Book Festival’s award for Genre Fiction.  Moonlight Beach is about four friends who contact the spirit of dead Native American woman and have to fight for their lives against the serial killer who had been chasing her.  The second book in the series, where two of the surviving women of Rancho California take a trip to New Mexico, is called Moonlight Canyon.  The third book, called Moonlight Rocks is about a battle over a meteorite that may herald the birth of a new Messiah.  Besides the Moonlight series, Yurie Kiri has also written a series of books about Japan and virtual reality games; the first book is called Tokyo Games and the second one called Osaka Games (not yet released) won the 2022 Beach Book Festival award for Genre Fiction.


Yurie Kiri is a shy, secretive person who sometimes lives on a boat, sailing between various ports in the Pacific Ocean.  Sailing, writing and photography are the main passions in Yurie Kiri’s life.


Yurie Kiri speaks Japanese, English, French and has studied Chinese, Arabic and Spanish as well as a smattering of other languages such as Korean and Russian along with binary and hexadecimal machine language because if you really want to get to know someone you need to speak their language no matter if they’re machine or human.  Yurie lived and worked in Asia for decades before recently coming to America where Yurie went on an extensive backroad journey all across the US and Canada from the rough Mexican border towns to the town of Yellowknife in Canada’s NWT where you need to cross a frozen lake to get into town.  Yurie also sailed (single-handed) from Mexico to the Canadian border, retracing a well-traveled road journey by sea in a small, live aboard sail boat.  Yurie has been traveling and gathering story ideas from Asia for the Game Series which covers Japan and other Asian countries and North America for the Murder and Mystery Series which covers the American Southwest.  

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.

I'm a shy, secretive person who sometimes lives on a boat, sailing between various ports in the Pacific Ocean. Sailing, writing and photography are the main passions in my life.

When and why did you start writing books?

I've always written stories, even as a child. Only recently have I been brave enough to share my stories with others and once I won the Genre Fiction category for the 2020 Hollywood Book festival I decided to share a few more;

What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?

I've always written stories, even as a child - only recently have I decided to share and I hope that people enjoy my stories. If I can gain a little more acceptance as an author I'll share more.

Which one of your books or characters is your favourite?

I identify with Susan in the Murder and Magic series. She's in Moonlight Beach and Moonlight Canyon as well as mentioned in Moonlight Rocks.

Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?

Tokyo Games and its sequel Osaka Games. These books were the hardest because I when the dust settled I had over 1000 pages which was way more than anyone wanted to publish. Lots of long, hard editing ensued.

Who is your favourite author and book?

Carlos Castaneda and his first book - The Teachings of Don Juan

What book are you reading right now?

How the Dead Speak by Val McDermid - but it's a bit slow and too wordy for me however I use it as a sleeping aid. Read a few pages and I get sleepy. Steven King is too scary for that, read one of his old ones like "It" and you'll never sleep again. If I want to stay up a bit there's a few of the traditional thrillers like those by Lee Child I like.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I always tell my readers about my inspiration for each book which basically comes from my travels and from my observations (and by listening in on people).

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Traveling, reading and writing and when I'm not doing that, I'm looking for and drinking good wine and sake.

Do you have any new books in the works?

I have at least two or three more books in the Murder and Magic series that tie everything together. I have about six more titles in the Games series depending upon how they're edited, however I won't release these until I begin to experience a bit more acceptance. If you want to see more of these, please visit my website and sign up with your email - www.yuriekiri.com