Category Archives: Bangkok

On location: Bangkok 5

I’ve been reading Into the Badlands by British writer John Williams, an account of his two month road trip exploring ‘the underbelly of the American dream’, based on interviews with his favourite American crime writers. At one point, he drives through Chicago’s Hegewisch neighbourhood … Continue reading

Posted in Bangkok | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

On location: Bangkok 4 (Point of view)

In an earlier post, I mentioned taking my character for a walk around Bangkok, imagining how she would experience the city if she was feeling joyful. The following day, I imagined how the same streets would appear to someone feeling … Continue reading

Posted in Bangkok | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

On location: Bangkok 3 (It’s the little things)

One benefit of being ‘on location’ to do field research for my new novel is that the landscape is filled with ‘Show, don’t tell’ moments. For instance, I could write pages about how revered Thai Budhist monks are in Thailand. … Continue reading

Posted in Bangkok | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

On location: Bangkok 2

Something I love about travel: you can never anticipate what you will enjoy most about a destination. Yesterday, I took my partner and our nearly ten-year-old daughter to Jim Thompson House in Bangkok. I’d visited in 2008, when Miss Nearly … Continue reading

Posted in Bangkok | 7 Comments

On location: IVF and hospital nursery

Some readers will know that the topic of my current work in progress (aka WIP) is commercial surrogacy between Australia and Thailand. Today’s fieldwork excursion took me to a hospital in downtown Bangkok, where I know local women acting as … Continue reading

Posted in Bangkok | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Whitney and I

Only last night I was talking about Whitney Houston, reliving the memory of discovering karaoke on a study tour to the Philippines in 1989, when the sad news came through today of her untimely death at the age of 48. … Continue reading

Posted in Bangkok | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

If you’re wondering where I am…

I’m on sabbatical for six months with my partner and daughter, based in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. On the way here, we stopped over in Pattaya on Thailand’s central coast where my next book is set, and spent a day … Continue reading

Posted in Bangkok, Books, Cambodia, Thailand, Works in progress | 2 Comments