Rex Sumner

Biography

Rex is English, but was born in Java, Indonesia and has spent many years in the Far East. He speaks Indonesian and Malay, sadly he has forgotten his Javanese, Dutch, Thai, Hokkien and Teow Chu.
He has had an interesting life - as a youngster worked his passage on a container ship to Australia where he worked as a cowboy, goldminer, salesman and fruitpicker, before switching from Zoology to the Army to study at Sandhurst.
He saw active service in Northern Ireland and later worked for MI6 as a Soviet double agent. A country manager for an International tobacco trader at 25, he worked as a business consultant in Indonesia before returning to the UK where he raised his two boys while working in marketing and publishing, with forays into NLP and personal development. Now they are adult, he has moved back to the Far East where he travels, writes and researches.
He has always had a passion for writing and this was rekindled by telling stories to his sons.
His hobbies are angling, reptiles, orchids, reading and hockey, though he fears that in his late 50's he is now a little old to keep playing the latter.
His wide experience and knowledge are interwoven into the tapestry of his writing.
If you have any questions for Rex, please feel free to use his Facebook page.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Wherever I place the laptop....
At the moment I am sat at the dining room table, but the wonder of the laptop is that you can write in nature, which is always an inspiration. It helps the time to pass when travelling, as you can write on a plane, a train or sitting in a bar.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The first six years of my life were on the island of Java. I spoke four languages - Javanese with the nanny who raised me, Indonesian with the people in the streets and shops, English with my parents and Dutch with other children of expatriates. This has, I hope, instilled in me the ability to see how different cultures react with each other, a theme I delight to explore in my writing. I particularly enjoy showing as normal a very Asian attitude, which completely befuddles the hero and hopefully many of the readers!
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Where to find Rex Sumner online


Books

A Tender Embrace
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Series: Tales from Harrhein, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014 by MyVoice Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00)
Pat is fishing in the South Seas with his new girlfriend, and is unhappy when she wants to use him as bait. A story from the voyage of the Queen Rose, the first carrack to be built in Harrhein.
Wagon Master
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Series: Tales from Harrhein, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 8,320. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014 by MyVoice Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00)
Chad is a wagon master and he thinks he is a coward. He still manages to deliver supplies to the frontline, rescue wounded, befriend the young Princess Asmara and inspire respect in his enemies. A story from Harrhein, set five hundred years ago in a fictional world, of a different sort of soldier.
Feeding the Dragon
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Series: Tales from Harrhein, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 6,640. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014 by MyVoice Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00)
In the Ancient Kingdom of Sung, a little girl is selected to Feed the Dragon. While mothers hide their children from the monks, Wu Gui chose to find out if there really was a dragon in the monastery that ate little girls. A story from Harrhein, though a long way away.
Thief in the Night
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Series: Tales from Harrhein, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 4,040. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2014 by MyVoice Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.60)
Andy is an elite Harrhein soldier, a Lancepesade (medieval precursor to Lance Corporal) in the Royal Pathfinders. He's injured and recovering in a frontier fort, working in the armoury, when he realises he isn't alone. Something else is there, too small and quiet to be human.

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