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Known professionally as Kim Matics, the author is a novelist with an art historical bent. Most of the writer’s plucky English ancestors came to colonial Virginia as indentured servants. Some who were staunch royalists fled to Canada during the War of Independence and, after the dust settled decades later, returned to the former British colony. The author might have continued the family tradition of being born and raised in the South, but for an educational accident. The future wordsmith first saw dawn’s early light far north of the Mason-Dixon Line in a training hospital run by Harvard Medical School, opposite a zoo housing lions that roared in the night.
Winning a series of competitive scholarships paved the way to teaching Fine Arts courses in NY and PA. After a hiatus from full-time lecturing to continue postgraduate research at University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the Anglophile headed for Thailand armed with a full-year Asian Study Grant. Subsequent affiliation with intergovernmental projects led to prolonged stints in the Far East, South Asia and Southeast Asia (particularly Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, as well as Indonesia and Malaysia).
Fulfilling a long-standing academic interest in Asia and its diverse cultures, five monographs have been published thus far, i.e., Wat Phra Chetuphon and Its Buddha Images [selected by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as required reading prior to certification for English-speaking Thai tour guides]; Introduction to the Thai Temple; Introduction to the Thai Mural; Cambodian Silver Animals; and Gestures of the Buddha [reprinted four times and short-listed for distribution to foreign dignitaries attending the royally-sponsored cremation of the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand in December 2015], as well as scores of peer-reviewed journal papers and popular articles concerning Asian art and culture.
During the course of 2014-16, Kim Matics launched The Odyssey Trilogy comprising stand-alone novels whose themes and characters are intricately linked:
Behind the Folding Fan  set in Japan;
Revolving Doors  explores parts of Thailand; and
Something Else Again  takes place in Paris and southern France.
Going Places, Letting Go  describes Sea Cliff life on Long Island in the shadow of New York City, among other locales in Europe and Asia.
Forthcoming works of fiction include: A Matter of Acculturation revisiting Japan; She Who Loves Dogs about rescuing abandoned animals in a humongous Flood that covered a land mass the size of Spain; Invisible at Sixty, a tale about shifting perceptions; and a collection of short stories under preparation called, What’s the Story? Currently residing outside Bangkok in a modest bird sanctuary with adopted street dogs, the author takes periodic jaunts around the world gathering material for future works.
on Sep. 26, 2014 :
Kim Matric's book, Behind The Folding Fan, was a fascinating and amazingly well researched exploration of one man's search into his past and his father's identification with a fellow artist from a past century as he travels throughout Japan's complex of shrines and temples.
Descriptions in historical detail draw the reader into each visitation, making the trips explicitly personal.
I give my highest recommendations to readers who enjoy being transported into exotic venues and I am awaiting the sequel to this
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)