Former lap dancer starts new chapter as novelist

JPEE Emmy yoshida eastbourne author
JPEE Emmy yoshida eastbourne author

A FORMER lap dancer at the world famous Stringfellows nightclub has started a remarkable new chapter in her life after penning her first novel.

Emmy Yoshida, 28, was inspired to write her book from her own experiences working in gentleman’s clubs in London and Sydney.

The novel, entitled Corrupted, has sold 8,000 copies and Emmy is already working on her second book.

Emmy’s mother Sharon has been running Foyle’s Pie & Mash shop in East Beach Street since 2006.

Her own story began back in 1985 when she was born in Tokyo. Her father Tamotsu, from Honshu, met Sharon from London while working at a Japanese travel agents firm in the capital. They moved to Tokyo for five years before returning to London. Unfortunately Emmy’s parents broke up in 2001 and Sharon moved to Hastings in 2006 when she bought the pie shop.

While studying for a degree at the London College of Fashion, Emmy took up exotic dancing and secured a job in Peter Stringfellow’s famous West End club. She worked for 18 months and after graduating went to Sydney.

“I was earning up to £2,000 a night,” said Emmy. “And I felt more secure and less degraded than working as a bar tender. The book is loosely based on some of my experiences. It’s about a young girl who starts working in a gentleman’s club. She meets a businessman and decides to move to Australia with him. But when she gets there, everything starts to go wrong.”

Emmy worked in clubs in Sydney for two years before returning to Hastings in 2009. She lived with her mother in Bexhill until 2010 when she moved to Eastbourne. She gave birth to son Enzo soon afterwards and spent the next two years raising him. In January 2012 she started a creative writing course at Claverham College in Battle. She then started to write down her thoughts.

“It became an obsession,” said Emmy. “I wanted to use my creativity and imagination based on some of the things I’ve done.I wrote about it every night. I put the baby to sleep and then started crashing it all out on my lap top sometimes working to the early hours.”

A suspense novel, it took five months to complete and another five to revise. Emmy sent the book to eight publishers but to no avail. So she decided to use her savings to go down the self publishing route. And she has never looked back since. So far she has sold 2,000 paperback copies and 6,000 downloads on Kindle. Last month she was at Waterstones in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre to launch the book in Hastings.

“It’s been a real learning curve,” added Emmy. “Lots of women tell me they finished it in a day and couldn’t put it down. I’m working on my second novel called Community Service. I met a young couple recently who gave me the inspiration. It’s funny, gritty and with a dark side. A bit like me I guess.” For information visit