Barry Lancet

Barry Lancet has lived in Japan for more than twenty-five years. His former position as an editor at one of the nation’s largest publishers gave him access to the inner circles in traditional and business fields most outsiders are never granted, and an insider’s view that informs his writing. Tokyo Kill is the second entry in the Jim Brodie series. The first novel, Japantown, received four citations for Best First Novel and has been optioned by J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Visit Lancet at BarryLancet.com or on Twitter @BarryLancet.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. A paraphrase of something I once heard: As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'd like to be a long-living fly on the wall at the time when artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people find THAT moment; and the same fly when crucial decisions are made by world leaders.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. After this it may be my inability to answer questionnaires.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Finding, and staying in, the right frame of mind. For me this involves two things: learning to become comfortable with silence, and understanding the grander underpinnings of having the right attitude about life. 

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Not one in particular, but people like Churchill who have overcome the insurmountable despite endless setbacks and great odds.

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