|Tropical Heat - Romantic Adventure in The Land Of Smiles|
Books set in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and other Thailand cities.
Here is living proof that one does not need be a "hansum man" to write really great books ;-) Thank the Gods for small favors.
Below is a short bio of me. How I came to be in Thailand and what inspired me to write the novels presented on this site. Even if you don't like my picture, I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy my books.
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About Me and Why I Write...Thailand! Of all places in the world, I was being sent to Thailand. The last time I'd been to Southeast Asia was in the late sixties. That had been Vietnam and it hadn't been a pleasant experience. I didn't expect this trip to be any different.
My arranged transportation never showed up at the airport that night and I was left to fend for myself. I knew nothing of the country, its customs, or its language. My boss had told me my hotel was located off of Sukhumvit on Soi Sahm Sip Sahm. His words had made no sense to me, but I had remembered them.
Outside the airport the dank night-heat of Thailand reeked with the smells of jet fuel and exhaust fumes. An irritating layer of sticky dampness collected on my skin. I was barely moving yet sweat was oozing. This trip was going to suck.
A thin Thai man approached. "Taxi, sir?" he asked in heavily accented English.
By reflex I reached for my M16 -- the weapon I'd carried in Vietnam. I blushed at my reaction but it was too dark for the man to notice. "Sukhumvit, Soi Sahm Sip Sahm," I parroted my boss's words.
"Novotel Lotus?" he asked.
I nodded in return.
Minutes later we were roaring down a freeway toward the smog-clouded skyscrapers of Bangkok. If there were any rules to the road, they escaped my western ideas of good driving. That wild taxi ride started my unforgettable adventures in Thailand.
During the coming years, I made twenty-two trips to Thailand. I spent more time there than I did at my home in the US. Part of my time was spent in Bangkok, but most of it was spent in Pattaya. Long before my work assignment had ended, I'd fallen in love with the country.
Like most visitors to a foreign land, I tried hard to learn about the people and their culture. When they talked, I listened. When they told me stories about themselves, I asked questions and shared stories of my own life. I'm sure I heard many lies and fantasies, but I know I heard many true stories as well. Some were happy and some were sad, but all struck emotional chords I could never forget. I decided to put our stories on paper. These books are about them, and me, and the memories we share.
Discover the raw emotions beneath
those famous Thailand smiles.