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Southeast fiction: the long jungle trail

Many authors find it tough to find a conventional publisher for their fiction. With thousands of writers competing for a few slots on any publisher’s fiction list, the odds of making an NHL hockey team are better than getting a novel published. Skating skill and aggression count for a lot in hockey. Something along similar lines applies to writers of fiction. What is a writer to do? Especially if there is a burning desire to have his or her novel read by others?

Many writers have taken the step to self-publish novels set in Southeast Asia. If you want background on the jungle path self-published authors face, have a look at POD-DY Mouth a website by an author (conventionally published) which is devoted to finding the needle (meaning it is competent) in the haystack (mostly useable only for feeding livestock) of self-published books.

One self-published writer is an American named Sean Bunzick who divides his time between Cape Cod and Chiang Mai. Sean has two novels available online and in some Thailand bookshops (like Bookazine). Next time you are browsing for books set in this region, have a look for Missing in Asia and Air Thermae.

Missing in Asia. This is a paperback edition and is priced at US$15.50

Join Harwich as he leaves the familiar world of his hometown and returns to the hills and jungles of Indochina where he risked his life during the 1970s in the Vietnam War. Harwich is going because an old friend of, Glenn Lucas--a former Flying Tiger—asked him to come to Thailand for help. Once in Bangkok, Harwich learns that he and Glenn are in Asia because the leaders of a Hong Kong Triad want the two Americans to rescue their eldest brother, a man Glenn lost in Laos when his DC-3 crashed there in 1949.

Air Thermae This is a paperback edition and is priced at US$15.50

John Harwich, a Special Forces vet with multiple tours in Indochina, finds himself being captured and abducted by Shan hill tribe guerillas across the border into the Burmese side of the Golden Triangle. He is brought to meet up with one of the region’s notorious opium warlords, Khun Yim who explains to Harwich that the reason he has evidence of a priceless jade elephant with a mounted Khmer apsara--a warrior goddess--atop the elephant’s back. Harwich helps Khun Yim to escape from Mae Hong Son to Bangkok, Phnom Penh.

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