Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
John Lander is a freelance photographer based near Kamakura, Japan with a passion forJapanese gardens, hot springs, and colorful festivals. Credits include photos published byNational Geographic, Travel+Leisure, Conde Naste Traveler, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides,TIME Magazine, Architectural Digest, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Forbes, Camping Life andtravel sections of newspapers in the US and Canada. In recent years, John has devoted histime and travels to three photo book essays with extended captions, Hidden Gardens of Japan, Offbeat Japan and the newest project: World Heritage Japan.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
World Heritage Japan was inspired by my frequent and exhausting trips around Japan, shooting photography for a yearly calendar project called “Gardens of the Spirit” (my speciality: Japanese gardens). When traveling around Japan, I do homework in advance of departure and if there is a UNESCO site nearly I always try to fit it into my schedule.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I am more of a photographer than a writer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Art Wolfe: The Art of the Photograph
What are you working on now?
Henro: The Shiokuku Pilgrimage
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon Authors Central
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Hang in there and keep on keeping on. It is never easy but the end rewards will make all the effort worthwhile in the end.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
When choosing a career, select what you would do even if you were not paid to do it, in that way it doesn’t feel like “work”.
What are you reading now?
Fiction, as usual.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Henro: the Shikoku Pilgrimage
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Paul Theroux, Anthony Burgess, Gore Vidal
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