T. M. Hoy


The author of Lasting Happiness has also written Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton (Skyhorse Publishing), and The Nature of Religion (Pan Publishing). He was born and raised in Mountain View, CA, the heart of Silicon Valley. He became a gemologist after college, working in the jewelry industry for years. He traveled widely in Europe and Asia (where he lived for a decade).
While living in Northern Thailand, a friend murdered a woman in his house. Fearful of the Thai police, he helped cover it up. When caught, he could not pay the bribe the judge and police demanded, and spent the next 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Lasting Happiness is the product of that experience - a realization of how little we really need to be happy.
The author stays busy applying a fraction of the advice he dishes out to others. ;) He lives in Tucson, AZ, where he fights a (losing) battle against getting fat from all the great Mexican restaurants.

Smashwords Interview

Q: tell us about yourself and the books you've written
A: I think everybody asks at one time or another “who am I?” I'm not much better at answering that question than most people – LO L. I suppose I'd have to answer that I'm kind of a loner. I like solitude, contemplation, and I take a lot of pleasure in solitary pursuits like reading and creative projects.
I love eating at good restaurants, and I have a favorite bar – Gentle Ben's, in Tucson down by the U of A. If things go well for me I'll indulge my favorite pursuit which is travel.
As for my writing, my first book was written about 25 years ago, I wrote it when I was living in Bangkok. It was called Death of a Dream; Thumbnail Sketches of the Decline of American Society. It's a very dark book – about a dozen short bios of different people I knew at the time, and the various aspects of the decay of US society they exemplified.
My other books – Rotting in the Bangkok Hilton, (short stories about my time in Thai prison), and the Nature of Religion - a grisly yet fascinating scholarly overview of spiritual beliefs, are both nonfiction.
Q: what are your favorite books and why?
A: it's hard to separate out my favorite books from books that have influenced me heavily. There are some books I love because they tell a great story – like Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, and JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. Those are like old dear friends to me. I love Robert Silverberg's work, I'm a great fan of Stephen King, and there are many great nonfiction authors very dear to my heart, like Naomi Klein, Derrick Jensen, Dr. Rianne Eisler – too many others to do justice to.
But if I had to pick books that were a great influence a few do stand out. Cosmos by Carl Sagan. The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski. The Golden Bough by James Frazier. The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and of course the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Niccolò Machiavelli's the Prince. The White Goddess by Robert Graves. These are both favorites and seminal influences on my life and writing.
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Lasting Happiness: Secrets of the Heart, Mind & Spirit Revealed
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,250. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Includes 46 emotionally intense images. Lasting Happiness is a practical, step-by-step guide to help you create a life rich in love, meaning, and creativity. Use the wisdom that almost cost the author his life to make yours a paradise. Here are the tools and techniques you need - the latest state-of-the-art science. You are a few pages away from transforming your existence. Why wait ? Start NOW !

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