"The only thing I know about books, is that they should be like a woman's dress: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to be interesting." So says protagonist, Joe Dylan in James A. Newman's RED NIGHT ZONE - BANGKOK CITY.....
Read the review here...
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
On Sale today!!!!
Click to buy the new and improved Bangkok City,
Now called, wait for it,
Red Light Zone - Bangkok City
Edited and rewritten for 2013...
There's even a spanking new cover...
Follow P.I Joe Dylan through the Bangkok underword... A world of bizarre nocturnal acts, black magic rituals... A seedy Bangkok underworld that picks-up fallen women from the streets and throws them into an evil world of torture and murder...
Now for sale on Amazon....
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Val Benson – a rich kid with a few family secrets in her locker winds up in a Japanese hostess bar before entangling herself in a treasure hunt for lost gold in the Thai / Burmese jungle. Along for the ride are Suki (great name) her Japanese hostess friend, Muddy (again great name choice) a gritty Australian treasure hunter, and Simon- a sarf Londan kick boxer.
Reminiscent of Karin Slaughter’s Tokyo the beginning opens with Val arriving in Tokyo, finding her feet in a hostess bar, and meeting an old flame who happens to be a lawyer working on busting former Japanese war criminals. One of whom is also Val’s number one customer, painter of female genitals, and holder of a lost treasure map. Val goes to the client’s home, takes the treasure map along with a bag of cash, battles C.I.A agents, watches the old war criminal nearly die, and escapes with her life, the cash, and the map. Her diplomat father gets her out of the country to Hong Kong where she meets up with Muddy and then onto Bangkok where the search for treasure starts proper.
Gaijin Cowgirl is a high-octane chase thriller; the action level only drops when the author fills us in with historical details – all of which are probably not a hundred percent essential to the plot – interesting nonetheless. The cast is wide and colorful and the backdrop always illuminating. This is a fine first novel by author Jame DiBiasio who moved to Hong Kong from New York in 1997. DiBiasio has researched and structured his novel well, tension rises and lowers, the plot is strong and well resolved. Although Val is at times a weak protagonist she finds out something about herself, her family and her place in the world during this adventure. And that, my fellow readers, is what writing character adventure fiction is all about.
Monday, March 18, 2013
First up the one and only Raymond Chandler….
“I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.”
― Farewell, My Lovely
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
17th April 2013. Bangkok and Thailand based writers read from their work and discuss the craft. Chris Coles will be showing some of his work and discussing the impressionist movement and how it relates to Bangkok noir.
There will be live music and film noir.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Tom Vater kindly asked me to play a chain interview.
Tom Vater is a writer working in South and South East Asia. He writes both in English and German. His articles have been published around the world. He is the author of several books and has co-written a number of documentary screenplays for European television and cinema. TIME Magazine described his recent work as 'exuberant writing'.
The idea is I do the interveiw and then ask the same ten questions to five other writers.
They are being shot on to the following five Asia based writers.
Tom Tuohy – Non-fiction writer. Watching the Thais. Thailand.
Thom Locke – Fiction writer – The Ming Inheritance. Thailand..
Ujwwal Dey – Mumbai based author and editor of Freedom Fiction. India.
Ismeal Galvan. Splatter Punk novelist of Blubber Island. Japan.
But first, my interview.
“Bangkok Express is a wild and uneven ride through Thailand’s seedy underbelly.”
What genre does your book fall under?
If there is such a genre as,
Pulp Crime Thriller,
It’ll be in that one.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
As most ideas do it flew through my window one day in the shape of an insect. It had beautiful purple wings and it sang to me in a tired voice. I held it in the palm of my hand and said, ‘Eureka…’
The germ of an idea may come in a dream or while walking down the street. Or while walking down the street in a dream for that matter. The actual execution of that idea onto the page is an entirely different animal. The idea is the easy part. I have a hundred ideas each day for new books. The trick is trying to shape that idea into something saleable.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
From the first draft of Bangkok Express to the current version has taken around eight years.
It was my first effort. I felt I had to put it out in the stores first. I’ve written a lot of other books, short stories and articles.
Bangkok Express was my first.
I lost my virginity to it.
So to speak.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Read enough books. It is only natural to want to write books. I read thousands of books as a kid, thought I had a chance at writing one.
But that particular book?
I was living in a beautiful country and I wanted to tell the world about it. I was twenty-four years old.
Like I say, a virgin.
I learned more about the country and updated the novel as I discovered new crime stories and read new writers.
No one thing or person inspires one to write. It is not a choice. I can’t choose not to write. It’s more like an addiction or a compulsion (much the same thing.) Each book is a new circle of hell, but I love the process, especially the early romance with a project. The final edits are like a bitter divorce. Who gets to keep what? Having your shortcomings shoved down your throat before the final judgement. I am getting better, I hope.
What inspired me to write the book? The first sentence. Then the next one.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A Thai-based publisher handles the electronic angle. My print books are under my own imprint with a nice distribution deal with a Thai based operator. I came close to a deal with a New York agent two years ago, the deal fell through and I decided to just try and get the word out. Maybe I’ll go the agent route for the next one, or maybe not.
What other works would you compare this book to within your genre?
I try to keep things light and comical so Charles Bukowski’s last novel Pulp, perhaps. Thailand based David Young writes some cracking books over here. It seems we share some of the same readers. Sukhumvit Road by Young would be a nice comparison. And of course anything by Burroughs, Chandler, Cain.
One reviewer compared me to James Ellroy, another to Hunter S. Thompson. I'm wise enough to know I'm nowhere close to these guys or any of the others above.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
John Cusack as Joe Dylan. Devon Aoki as Gantira. Some badass as Shogun. Directed by Stephen Chow. And if you’re reading Steve, Steve, Steve?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
All characters are named after members of my direct family and the students that I teach English in Bangkok. I have to care about my cast...