I write thrillers and science fiction with a supernatural twist. I like my grandkids, photography and gardening.
My Viet-Nam era memoir, Hotel Constellation: Notes from America's Secret War in Laos, recounts all that I learned during two years in Southeast Asia in a time of war.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had the rare experience of being a draft-age American male in Viet Nam during the war ... and I got kicked out of the country. That was probably every draftee's wildest dream.
I really wanted to be there, however. I had made arrangements to study at the Buddhist University in Saigon, and when I got booted out, all my plans -- and a ton of work by a lot of people -- just trickled down the drain.
HOTEL CONSTELLATION: Notes from America's Secret War in Laos is the story of the next two years of my life as I stumbled on the secret war between the U.S. was waging in Laos, right next door to Viet Nam.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A. Oh, I farmed it out to a bunch of agents, including one who had expressed an interest in it at a pitchfest I attended. No one “believed” in it enough to take it on. This was all before Ken Burns’ Viet Nam documentary came out. Then I thought, What the hell. Maybe you’ll sell a few copies beyond the family and friends and recoup the cost. If it does, it does; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. It’s not that big an investment of cash.
It’s a good story, and one that Ken Burns didn’t touch one, this secret war in Laos and the U.S. government’s efforts to keep it secret.
Driven to rid himself of a spider demon that possesses him, nature photographer Sebastian Arnett becomes the target of ruthless Chinese crime lords who want to use his power to kill without touching. When they kidnap the woman he loves, the battle is to the death.
Expelled from Viet Nam in 1970, college student David L. Haase stumbles upon the CIA’s secret war next door in Laos. For two years, he witnesses the unraveling tragedy, takes notes and does his best to grow up.