JJ White, author of Nisei, on the Ken Weene radio show, Walking on the Weene Side
Not only do we get great insight to the writing of the historical fiction, Nisei, which depicts the multifaceted issues surrounding Japanese/American internments and how they fought for all our freedoms during WWII, but also the discrimination of bi-racial relationships and the stigmata of being a child of growing up post war. Weene gives us intermittent treats, one being a sneak peek into Allegiance – A New Broadway Musical – Allegiance Allegiance is a musical with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito, Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione. The story, set during the Japanese American internment of World War II (with a framing story set in the present day), was inspired by the personal experiences of George Takei (best known as Sulu on Star Trek), who stars in the musical.
Much of what happens in Nisei and in the musical is factual; events we are not taught in school we should all be aware of and never let happen again. White did comprehensive research into every nuance of the story, even right down to the slang the Hawaiian/Japanese use. This is a must read. Nisei is published by Black Opal Books and is available at: Amazon Amazon AU Amazon DE Amazon UK Amazon FR Amazon CA Amazon IT Amazon IN Amazon ES Amazon JP Waterstones Marketplace IndieBound Hudson Books BAM FishPond Smashwords Book Depository Powell’s B&N Waterstones GoodReads HPB Wheelers KOBO Scribd
JJ White Facebook Author Page LinkedIn Twitter Goodreads White Media JJ White Writing Awards White is the author of Prodigious Savant (2015), Deviant Acts (2015), and Nisei (2016); all published by Black Opal Books. He has written over two hundred short stories, had articles and stories published in several anthologies and magazines including, Wordsmith, The Homestead Review, The Seven Hills Review and The Grey Sparrow Journal. “The Nine Hole League” was published in the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Volume 14. He has won awards and honors from the Alabama Writers Conclave, Writers-Editors International, Maryland Writers Association, The Royal Palm Literary Awards, Professional Writers of Prescott, and Writer’s Digest. He was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his short piece in The Grey Sparrow Journal.
White’s short story, “In Nobody We Trust,” won the St. Martin’s Press “Who Can You Trust” contest. Published with four other winners in the St. Martin’s Press, A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming. White is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency