Interview and Excerpt: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai by R.L. Baxter

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R.L. Baxter
Gideon and the Crimson Samurai
Series: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Ricky Lee Baxter
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
A timeless tale about friendship, family and betrayal
Gideon Joust is your average twelve-year-old boy, with all the growing insecurities one would expect, following the mysterious disappearance of his father. On one fateful day, the boy’s world is turned upside down – leading to a chance encounter with a brash child warrior: Kibishi the Crimson Samurai.

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  1. Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.

Well, before getting into writing, I used to play the violin as a child for about six years. Not sure why I stuck at it for that long though. I was awful.

  1. This book includes a samurai which, if I’m not mistaken, is a Japanese warrior. Why a samurai? Why not an English knight or warrior monk or something?

The reason for including a samurai has a lot to do with my love for the Japanese culture. Gideon and the Crimson Samurai was actually thought of, when I was a teenager. At the time, I was into video-games and warriors from the past periods of Japan. One of the particular soldiers of Japan, was a man named Miyamoto Mushashi, which for me was the coolest fighter in history. This was the reason why I chose to include a samurai, which I later named Kibishi: Crimson Samurai.

  1. Tell us more about Gideon. How did he feel when he encountered the Crimson Samurai?

Gideon is an only child, born and raised in a city called Shen – on a mission to find his missing father. Although he is bright, Gideon usually comes off as shy, naive and weak. He overthinks things too much, which causes him to space out. However, underneath, Gideon is incredibly persistent and tries his best to persevere – even when the odds are stacked up against him. When he first met Kibishi the Crimson Samurai, Gideon was scared and yet at the same time curious – as Gideon had never met a child samurai before.

  1. Who is Kibishi, the Crimson Samurai? Do tell us more about him.

Kibishi is an elite child samurai, from a distant land called Tetsue. Being almost the complete opposite to Gideon, Kibishi is: Rude, brash and strong. Unlike the typical perception we have of a samurai, Kibishi dislikes taking orders – much like a rebellious student in a classroom. He too is looking for Gideon’s father, for reasons unknown. Kibishi also has the world’s largest bounty on his head for single-handedly killing over fifty-thousand men, in a war known as: The Bloody War.

  1. What grand adventures do they go on together?

Gideon and Kibishi travel through the land of Midon, in search of Gideon’s missing father. While constantly evading the sights of numerous bounty hunters, the two make many friends along their journey. Their travels take them through perilous and cursed forests, a magical kingdom and Kibishi’s homeland – where powerful samurai await.

  1. What’s up next for you?

This July, I hope to release a new novel, which is to be a brand-new retelling of the Crimson Samurai world. After that, I hope to release a Christmas story!


Only a few hours after the meeting, everyone is asleep, except the young Gideon who is bizarrely sitting outside under the night sky. Placing himself on a small stone step just in front of the house he looks up at the stars above, kept company by a single street lamp.

Gideon: (Wow, this is all turning into quite a journey. My father is a man who apparently saved this country. I never knew he achieved so much since he left, and yet… I can’t help but hate him. I know it may sound selfish but I would rather he stayed with mother and I, instead of leaving – three years ago. If he never had left, mother wouldn’t have gotten so sick. She would still be alive.) He brushes a slight tear from his right eye while still gazing at the night.

Gideon: (I wonder if he can see the sky where he is now? If what Jill says is true, can we really be sure he is safe? After all, Tetsue is an island where Kibishi and Ukyo came from. There are bound to be other warriors, countless in number whom father would have to go up against. Why do all of this and for what purpose? Oh that’s right, “to change the future” eh? If my father really does have the power to see the future, what did he see? At that moment, Gideon hears faint footsteps from afar – coming closer. Within seconds the crimson scarf samurai steps into the open. They remain silent waiting for the other to say the first word.

Kibishi: You’re up late, why are you standing here all by yourself? It isn’t safe.

Gideon: Sorry. I just needed to clear my head for a while before we get going. Kibishi shows a look of surprise, flinching in response.

Kibishi: Oh, so you still would like to continue your journey – after all that you witnessed and discovered today?

Gideon: Yes, more than ever! I am still determined to find my father using your help, even if it kills me.

Kibishi: Gideon, but what if you get hurt or worse? I cannot guarantee that I can protect you, especially knowing that the entire Tetsue army would like to see you killed. Heck, what if I lose control again, and end up killing you?

Gideon: I know that and it’s my choice to make, so I don’t want you to feel guilty if something does happen to me. Even if I don’t survive before meeting my father, I would die with relief knowing that I spent these short but eventful days outside the walls of my home city. You see, in Shen I never had a life. Everything was a constant continuum, nothing to ever look forward to. However, on the outside world, things are different. I want to live on the whim of destiny, the same way you do Kibishi; coming close to life and death.

After a slight pause Kibishi bursts into laughter.

Kibishi: Oh jeez, you’re so melodramatic! Your old man was just the same, spouting nonsense like: life, death and destiny. It’s not a privilege to live inside the web of destiny – moron. Why do people speak so highly of fate and such matters? There is nothing pretty about having your actions mapped out and determined by some mumbo jumbo.

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Other Books by R.L. Baxter

Check out the other books in the Gideon and the Crimson Samurai series by R.L. Baxter.
Savior (Book Two)
Thanks to Kibishi’s help, Gideon was able to know the truth of his father. However, before they have time to accept his fate, Kenoke appears – bringing to light a sinister ambition.
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About R.L. Baxter

R.L. Baxter

Ricky Baxter is the author of Gideon and the Crimson Samurai and a slew of short novellas. He is an avid blogger, giving advice and thoughts to fellow creators from all walks of life. Currently he lives in Tokyo Japan, where he writes and blogs. Starting out as a composer since graduating with a Ba(Hons) in music and multimedia, Ricky worked for many independent short film directors, gaining notable IMDB credits . Since then, he has embraced his earlier passion of writing fictional stories.


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