Passport Optional: Dispatches from Chantal

November 4, 2015

Questions and Answers with my Publisher – Maverick House.

Many of you have been asking questions about Maverick House, the publisher of my book “The Boy with a Bamboo Heart”. Here are some answers. Writers, make sure you read the answer to question 8 attentively.

1. Why does an Irish publisher take interest in the Asian book market and Thailand in particular?

Maverick House isn’t an Irish publisher. Our offices are just registered in Dublin for tax purposes. Like most trade publishers, we publish books for worldwide consumption. We publish authors who write on a variety of subjects. Our relationship with Thailand goes back over a decade. We have published a number of bestsellers in Thailand so the country is very important to us. Read More »


October 21, 2015

Where are you a local of?

I have visited Thailand several times over the last eight years. If I joined all the bits and pieces of times I have spent here, it would amount to nearly two years. Yet I never say I have lived in Thailand but do say I have lived in Moscow and Vienna. As I prepare for interviews for my newly published book “The Boy with a Bamboo Heart,” I have been wrestling with defining my relationship with this country. Read More »