When Michael Zomber wrote Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan, he relied on his own knowledge of Japanese history. As a collector of samurai swords and armor for several decades, Zomber is quite familiar with the military heritage of Japan. Additionally, he also appeared on the History Channel’s Guns of the Orient to discuss Japanese weapons. Just after Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan was published in paperback and electronic form, Michael Zomber completed an online interview that was posted on the iUniverse portal. In the interview, he explains all of the motives that led to the publication of Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan.
Michael Zomber is also the author of Jesus and the Samurai: The Shining Religion and the Samurai. This novel presents a sequential history of the Christian faith in different regions of Asia including Japan and other powerful empires. Jesus and the Samurai: The Shining Religion and the Samurai offers a striking overview of the spread of Christianity against the will of Japan’s elite rulers. At one point, the Japanese leaders viciously persecuted Christians who threatened to destroy the country’s rich traditions and beliefs in Buddhism.
Producing films is another big passion for Michael Zomber and his wife. The Soul of the Samurai is one of the most successful productions ever released by the Zombers. This documentary highlights all aspects of Bushido and other samurai customs. During the production of the film, Michael Zomber relied heavily on Kensho Furuya to come up with accurate details about samurai traditions. A Buddhist who managed the Aikido Center in southern California, Furuya was regarded a global expert on samurai culture. Just as the Soul of the Samurai was ready to be released, this guru passed away. Nevertheless, Zomber kept Furuya’s memory alive with a special dedication in the Soul of the Samurai.
Besides being a samurai fanatic, Zomber is also passionate about American history. In fact, some of his best-selling books are about the U.S. Civil War. Sweet Betsy That’s Me and A Son of Kentucky reflect his fascination with one of America’s bloodiest eras.