Somewhere along the way to learning more about the Japanese culture, she discovered something about herself - that she could write poetry!
The Haiku Apprentice is a story of her journey and how learning to write haiku has impacted her life. It can be read on different levels. For those who simply enjoy a good story, her memoir of living in Japan is engaging. For those who want to learn more about writing haiku, the story of her metamorphosis into a poet illustrates the technique of writing haiku better than most "how to write haiku" books.
I read half of the book on my first sitting and highly recommend this one!
Friedman also maintains a bilingual English/French blog The Stone Lantern about her life as a haiku poet. One of her haiku was at tinywords.com recently.