3. What inspired you to write it? I was inspired to write “The Last Zero Fighter” after meeting several WWII Japanese pilots and getting to know them. I discovered their personal experiences were far more complex than was portrayed in the US. I also learned they were similar to our American WWII veterans. They too, were flying for their families, their fellow pilots and their country. Their eyes lit up when they talked about the first time they sat in the cockpit and the joy of flight.
Since 1988 I interviewed ninety-seven Japanese WWII Army & Navy veterans for my book series on their firsthand accounts. I have also visited most of the former Japanese domestic WWII airfields and military ports as well as a large number of Pacific battle sites: Iwo Jima, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Midway, Wake Island, Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Nanking, Truk Lagoon etc…
My process involves lengthy mind numbing, and backside numbing, sessions of transcribing & translating Japanese audio recordings, reading letters and memoirs from veterans as well as WWII reference books in Japanese. When I get to the writing phase of the project I always have a cup of coffee and our cat ‘Rampy’ on my desk. In the back of my mind is the thought, “These stories will disappear from history if not documented.” So I feel a great deal of responsibility because far too soon, the WWII veterans from all nations will be gone, taking their incredible experiences and lessons with them. What will we have learned from them? How do we pass on those lessons?
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