Meet the authors
Having grown up in Cologne, Germany, Silke moved to Argentina in her early twenties while studying applied cultural studies alongside Spanish and English.
She has been based in Munich since 2007, working as a freelance literary translator, editor and author. Her primary expertise is Latin American literature, but she appreciates pouring her curiosity into a variety of projects such as non-fiction books, poetry and
hosting cultural events. She published a children’s book in 2015 and has two young adult novels in the pipeline.
Silke has won several awards and grants for her literary work.
In addition to the concentrated literary work she does at her desk in solitude, Silke loves to work with people. She is a certified naturopath in the field of psychotherapy, is trained in Hakomi, mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and teaches meditation and Jikiden Reiki.
Websites (mainly in German):
www.drachenbauch.de (literary work, including list of publications)
www.jiruka.de (therapeutic work)
"The historical information and photos are incredible and the amount of love and care that Amanda and Silke put into the book radiates from every page."
Travel, teaching and writing have been in Amanda's life for many years. She began travelling to learn about other cultures and the wonderful array of people living across the world when she was eighteen and twelve years later left her native England to live abroad.
She lived in Kyoto, Japan for five years, where she learned Reiki with Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her son, Tadao, and moved to USA in 2006 where she gained a masters in Spiritual Psychology.
In 2009 Amanda walked a solo pilgrimage around 88 temples on the island of Shikoku, Japan and returned to live in the UK soon afterwards.
Recently, she has been living in Kent, South East England where she writes children's books, travel books and is currently writing about her pilgrimage experience. Amanda teaches Jikiden Reiki and gives treatments, offers Heart Circle coaching and can frequently be found practising taichi or swimming in the sea.