This episode features the fiction of Tori Eldridge and the music she’s chosen to go with her work!
We got linked up with Tori via her publicity company, Books Forward (who are located primarily in Nashville and New Orleans and found our podcast through some deep googling), since Tori, who is based in Los Angeles, wanted to connect with a readership here in Hawaiʻi.
Tori Eldridge is the Honolulu-born author of the Lily Wong mystery-thriller series. Her first book, The Ninja Daughter, was nominated for the Anthony, Lefty, and Macavity Awards for Best Debut Mystery Novel, named one of the “Best Mystery Books of the Year” by The South Florida Sun Sentinel, and awarded 2019 Thriller Book of the Year by Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. Her short stories appear in several anthologies, and her screenplay “The Gift” earned a semifinalist spot in the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowship.
Before writing, Tori performed as an actress, singer, dancer on Broadway, television, and film.
She is of Hawaiian, Chinese, Norwegian descent, grew up in Kahala, and graduated from Punahou School with classmate Barack Obama.
Tori holds a fifth-degree black belt in To-Shin Do ninjutsu and has traveled the USA teaching seminars on the ninja arts, weapons, and women’s self-protection. Her second book in the Lily Wong series, The Ninja’s Blade, is available now.
You can learn more about Tori on her website, torieldridge.com and connect with her on Instagram @writer.tori, on Facebook @ToriEldridgeAuthor, and on Twitter @ToriEldridge
- LIT: Excerpt #1 from The Ninja Daughter
- “How Far I’ll Go” performed by Auliʻi Cravalho
- LIT: Excerpt #2 from The Ninja Daughter
- “Miss Independent” performed by Kelly Clarkson
- LIT: Excerpt #3 from The Ninja’s Blade
- “Underdog” by Alicia Keys
- Author Interview
- “HAPPY” by Pharrell Williams
Recorded 8/21, release date 9/3 or 9/4