Thomas happily resides in Thailand with his beautiful wife, precocious 5 year old daughter, and a the newest addition to the family, a baby boy. He has set up his small business, a test preparation center (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, CU-TEP), where he comes in contact with the best and brightest Thailand has to offer.
Thomas has begun his 2nd career as an author of erotic historical fiction and mystery novels. The first offerings, The Ming Inheritance and Jim Thompson Is Alive!, are books one and two in the Sam Collins Mystery Series.
Thom’s most recent novel has been recently released. The Chiang Mai Chronicle: A Declan Power Mystery is a sexy historical read steeped in political intrigue. This novel follows Declan Power, an intrepid reporter for the Chiang Mai Chronicle, as he falls fast on the track of a mass murderer while also matching wits with a maniacal character with imperial ambitions. As with the Sam Collins Mysteries, exotic Thailand comes alive.
What inspires you to write?
I have always had a love of history. In addition, I am a sucker for a good tale. To me, the study of history is just like delving into a rich story. I am also extremely curious. So, my stories are born out of the great ‘what if’ of history. This is my inspiration. To bring historical episodes surging to life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have an extremely full life. My business is a seven day a week affair and I’m often at my office 12 hours a day. On top of that I’m a dad. So I always want to participate, as much as possible, in family life. That doesn’t leave too much spare time. But I’m also dedicated to my craft. Currently I am working on my 4th novel. For me, I don’t focus on a daily word count yet do concentrate on moving the story forward on a weekly basis.
Luckily, I have a great zest for life! So doing all the things I have going on in my life is an extreme pleasure!!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely! Gemma, the Nordic bombshell from The Ming Inheritance, is a great example. She is a force of nature and virtually barged her way into a more prominent role. Strong characters are essential for any good book. They are especially critical for my novels as they provide the ingredients necessary for the history to come to life. The main character, Sam Collins, for my first series, and Declan Power, for my second book series, are obviously male. But, most of the other characters are female and I strive to make them strong participants in the story and they often propel the plot.
Who are your favorite authors?
Umberto Eco is my favorite author. His novels come forth bursting with life. The Name of the Rose is the one most people would be familiar with. Robert Ludlum’s Bourne Series is perhaps my favorite series featuring one main character. Finally, Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian is breathtaking.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a DIY type of guy. I have built up a highly successful business and for me self-publishing is the best route. I am responsible for everything from idea to edit to marketing. Luckily I have a great friend in Patti Roberts, Paradox Design, who handles my book covers. There is a great sense of accomplishment one gains from taking the reigns of all aspects of the writing process and publishing a work you can gain a sense of pride.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I feel lucky to have begun my writing career at this time. It is an exciting time in the literary field. More and more I believe the great works in literature will come from outside the old order of book publishing. Sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, & Goodreads have been fantastic in opening an avenue for the independent author and publisher.
What genres do you write?
Historical fiction, political mystery, noir
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print