I have lived in Thailand since 2002. A tourist on arrival I am now happily married to a pretty Thai wife. We live in rural Thailand in a lovely home which we rent from a Thai cop. He is very friendly and has often helped me with Thai immigration matters.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Boredom and a desire to achieve the task. Had I realised how long it would take and how tough the marketing is afterwards, I may never have started!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I began by setting up my own website, even learning HTML. The site even had a forum in an effort to promote the book. Smashwords taught me to learn how to format the book properly and more professionally. The marketing side also I learned from Smashwords. So Smashwords provided a disciplined structure for all the elements required when writing and promoting the book.
50,000 words it is truly Thailand in your pocket. Designed not to need an internet connection so you can plan your next move always. There are nearly 200 Thai phrases with mp3 sound files so you can communicate the moment you land in Thailand. The comprehensive travel guide has all you need to get around and my story of life with a bar girl and my Thai wife gives you a feel for the culture
Jesus Christ and the Broken Microwave Oven
on June 04, 2014
Cross between Life of Brian ( http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_of_Brian ) and Derek & Clive ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_and_Clive ) with a sci-fi twist. It also explores humorous and yet touching aspects of love and romance, including the pain of unrequited love, depression and even suicide. It is happily never boring though because the author is talented. He throws Abba, Guns 'N' Roses and Jimmy Saville into the mix too! The humour of Derek and Clive for me lies in the educational background of the stars, because Peter Cook was an Oxford graduate and Dudley Moore was a brilliant jazz pianist. They were both naughty schoolboys delighting in using bad language for shock and comedic effect. It worked so brilliantly and it works in this ebook too. Life of Brian is a hilarious parody of the origins of Christianity and it made millions because it worked so well. So too does this book. Could this be the real story of Jesus and a visitor from another planet? It's a hilarious lampoon of Christianity. You will get to love the characters because they are delightfully so down to earth, despite being able to travel forward in time through worm holes in an aging speed of light spaceship. Even the character of the robot is likeable and on my want list for Christmas. The highest accolade I can bestow upon the author is that he is obviously a proper geezer. The sort of decent bloke you would want to go to the local pub with because you know he is genuine yet never boring. He can surprise you with the depth of his understanding and knowledge. He's good company. He's a good mate. If you could push a button to return to your home planet, you would pause because you know you would miss him. 'Nuff said.