Matt Owens Rees

Biography

Are you sometimes surprised when visiting a foreign country? Do you like discovering a side of the people’s lives that tourists rarely see?

Matt Owens Rees has written extensively on Thais and Thailand.

Thailand Take 2 describes the main characteristics and differences between Thais and Westerners.

A Thailand Diary is a lighter read with more than 100 diary entries. You can take a virtual look inside the everyday lives and experiences of the Thai people, and how they and foreigners interact in this amazing country.

Through field research and discussions with Thais, either in normal conversation or in the lecture theatre, Matt Owens Rees presents a rich picture of the real Thailand: warts and all.

Despite not being similar in style, his books reflect on some of the observations in “Mai pen Rai Means Never Mind.” ln his opinion, the best book written on Thais and Thailand. Penned by Carol Hollinger in 1965, its insights are still very revealing and up to date. Sadly, Hollinger passed away at 45 years old before she could see her best selling book in print.

Thailand Take 2 and A Thailand Diary are dedicated to her.

You can follow Matt Owens Rees at mattowensrees.wordpress.com, his twitter address is @mattowens355, and you can email him at mailto:matt.owens.writer@gmail.com
His Chiangmai, Thailand Facebook page is Matt Owens and his Amazon author address is:
amazon.com/author/mattowensrees

RECENT REVIEWS.

By M. S. -
This review is from: Thailand Take 2 (Kindle Edition) Amazon,co.uk

"Insightful and informative.Much more than a glimpse into a fascinating people and culture. A must read for a visitor with more than a casual interest as a tourist."

There are a few unusual twists in the book particularly when some Thai characters are introduced. Available on Smashwords, all Amazon sites, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write?
It's a bug. I imagine it's the same with most writers.

A writer's goal is to strive to get the writing better all the time. I always put myself in the readers' shoes and provide what he or she wants to read. I like interaction with my readers. Messages in my email inbox allow me to tailor my writing to the content and style my readers want.

The short answer is: I write to give readers what they want.
What are the greatest difficulties and frustrations you face as a writer?
Two really, but I hope I've found solutions.

1. Thankfully, the old days of agents and publishers ignoring new authors is over. Organisations such as Smashwords are actively helping getting authors' books out to the readers that want them quickly and at a better price than at the bookstores. There is still however a mafia-like presence in the market place which concentrates on the bottom line rather than what is best for authors and readers. Fake reviews and manipulation of ratings is rife with some of the near-monopolistic companies. That's not good for readers. The industry can sometimes be a dog eat dog world reminiscent of the law of an amazonian jungle. Working with Smashwords is not like that.

2. .I write about Thais and Thailand and I strive to present a balanced and honest view of the country and its people. It can be a paradise for both the tourist and the expat. It can also be a nightmarish frustrating experience if readers don't know the ropes and don't accept that you need to adapt to their life style and cultural rules. One difficulty is to be candid and frank while avoiding coming across as being critical of the Thai. They are a proud and patriotic people and resent comments they see as critical of Thailand. I believe I've got the balance right.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Matt Owens Rees online


Where to buy in print


Books

A Thailand Diary Volume 1 January - June
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,930. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
A virtual look at Thailand and the Thais through the pages of a diary. You will meet, from the comfort of your armchair, real Thais. From bankers to farmers, from rich to poor. From the very young to the very old. Read the exploits of people like Bancha, Banjawan, Dao, Weelai and Sawat. You'll get to know them as if you know them in person An authentic view of the country and its people.
Boxed Set Volume 2
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,270. Language: British English. Published: July 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
"Thailand Take 2" is a no holds barred exposé of Thais and Thailand, presented through the words and actions of real Thais. These ordinary Thais show how Thailand’s culture is so different from that of the West."Escape to Thailand" is an account of an English expat’s move to Thailand and his early days here, a “fly on the wall” experience for the reader. Seeing what the average tourist never sees.
Boxed Set Volume 1
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,900. Language: British English. Published: July 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
“A Thailand Diary” is a candid look at Thais and Thailand in a light and readable diary format and holds back no punches. Get ready for some surprises when you read it. "Escape to Thailand” is an account of an English expat’s move to Thailand and his early days here. With many glimpses into the lives of ordinary Thais, the biography becomes a “fly on the wall” experience for the reader. Seeing wha
Escape to Thailand
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Series: New Perspectives of Thailand, 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,240. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Escape to Thailand is an account of an English expat’s move to Thailand and his early days here. With many glimpses into the lives of ordinary Thais, the biography becomes a “fly on the wall” experience for the reader. Seeing what the average tourist or visitor rarely sees.
A Thailand Diary
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Series: New Perspectives of Thailand, 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,010. Language: British English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
A candid look at Thais and Thailand in a light and readable diary format. Holding back no punches, "A Thailand Diary" takes you inside the real Thailand and gives the reader a virtual tour of the country and its people. It allows its principal characters, real Thais, to talk of the cultural differences that make Thailand such a fascinating country. Get ready for some surprises when you read it.
Thailand Take 2
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Series: New Perspectives of Thailand, 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,730. Language: British English. Published: March 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Thailand Take 2 is a “no holds barred” exposé of Thais and Thailand, presented through the words and actions of real Thais. These ordinary Thais show how Thailand’s culture is so different from that of the West. The book starts with some extracts from a Thai diary. Unlike other books, Thailand Take 2 makes readers feel they are living and meeting with Thais and experiencing their way of life.

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Smashwords book reviews by Matt Owens Rees

  • The Pregnant Wife (An erotic short story) on June 07, 2012
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    From a writer that understands Thailand and how Thai women differentiate between 'love' and 'caring'; "Pregnant wife" is a book you start reading and keep reading. Always waiting for the next unexpected move in the plot. You recognise the real Thailand that he describes as he races to the last few sentences when the suspense is finally relieved.
  • Private Dancer on Feb. 03, 2013
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    Private Dancer is so authentic: Leather has accurately captured both the bar and the farang-Thai relationship scene in Thailand. A novel with a non-put downable quality. With a surprising twist at the end. Stephen very kindly allowed me to refer to his book in my own non-fictional work,Thailand Take 2, which gives a balanced and no-holds barred view of this amazing country. Private Dancer similarly shows the real Thailand. I agree with the Thai media, it should indeed be required reading.