It’s here! I’ve just published the third book in the Sei Assassin Thriller series. I’m excited as this book is a turning point in the story. Get ready to meet Mui.
She’s spunky. She’s scrappy She’s sharp. She’s seven. And now she’s seeking answers.
Having lived her entire life in seclusion, Mui is eager to explore the outside world. Compounding her solitude are the Black Wolf’s efforts to keep her hidden from Sei. But his luck may be running out.
Sei realizes there is still one person alive who can help her locate her daughter. It won’t be an easy mission—this person has no reason to tell her what he knows. In fact, he’s behind the borders of a country that wants to see her dead.
How much longer can the Wolf keep Sei away? How much longer before Mui discovers the truth?
I visited Penang, Malaysia for a few days, and it did not disappoint. I stayed in the capital city, George Town, which essentially is one big, charming UNESCO site. Everything from the architecture, to the art, to the food is influenced by Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian culture. The coolest thing about George Town was wandering aimlessly through the narrow maze of streets that were lined with Chinese shop houses, ornate temples, and the colorful domes of the cities many mosques.
The first place I checked out was the Peranakan Mansion. Beautiful, but what made it even more interesting was meeting Annie. I don’t know how old she is, but she has boundless energy. We talked for a bit, well I listened to her tell stories of how her family immigrated to Penang from China. She ended up marrying a Malay. Back in those days, when a Chinese person married a Malaysian, nether wanted to give up their identity. To deal with the problem, a new identity was created. They called themselves Baba-Nyonya. The Peranakan mansion belonged to a rich Baba.
It’s been a while since I posted to my blog. I thought this would be a great time to do that while reflecting back on 2015. I had an opportunity to experience a lot cool things this past year. I’d like to share a few of them with you.
I lived in Vietnam. For five months I called Ho Chi Minh home. While it was an awesome experience, I learned that living in Vietnam is nothing like visiting. A new language, a new way of doing things—I’ll admit, it was hard. But those weren’t the biggest hurdles I faced. Surprisingly, I missed the western conveniences that were on offer in Bangkok. Moving to Bangkok from San Francisco was actually an easy transition because it’s so westernized. I hadn’t realized that until I moved to Vietnam. Still, I think the move made me a better traveler, and that’s something I’m grateful for.
The second book in the Sei Assassin Series is out. Catch up with Sei as she continues the search for her daughter.
Sei has infiltrated impenetrable buildings, eliminated formidable opponents, and executed high-profile targets but the only mission that matters—finding her daughter—continues to elude her.
A tip leads her to a Tunisian immigrant living in Paris who may have information on the man she believes has kidnapped her daughter: the Black Wolf. While questioning the source, Sei learns about another individual involved in the abduction of her daughter—a man so vile, so foul in every way, that the mere thought of him turns Sei’s stomach. Has her daughter fallen victim to him?
To make matters worse, Sei comes to the realization she must do the unthinkable when she finds this sicko. She must befriend him.
When they find out I wrote a book, it’s like, wow. When they find out I wrote more than one, it’s like, that’s awesome. When they find out this is how I make my living, it’s like, sure.
They think it’s a hobby, not a job I make a living from. “You mean someone other than me bought your book?” The onus usually falls on me to convince them.
I’m not offended. Most people don’t personally know anyone who makes a living as an author. I started writing my first book in 2009 and published it in 2011. It’s easy to assume this was a bucket list thing. But four chapters in on my first book, I knew right then that’s what I wanted to do. Not as a hobby but as a job. With that in mind, every decision I made from that moment on was geared toward making a career change. And that’s exactly how I treated it.
There are two sides to every story. If you enjoy reading, then please read this. It’s important to know that not all authors are for Hachette. The authors who have come out in support of Hachette are published by Hachette. That’s something they never mention.
I’ve been out of the ad biz for about a year and a half and have pretty much disconnected myself from a career that had soaked up 22 years of my life. I don’t pay attention to what’s happening in the industry. I no longer watch the Superbowl for the commercials. I skip over print ads in magazines, ignore billboards and never listen to radio. I did however stop to watch this. So should you.
I don’t often post about writing or publishing or any sort of behind-the-scene industry stuff, but I thought this blog post by Chuck Wendig was an interesting take about the subject of whether one should self-publish their own work.
Two weeks ago I traveled to Siem Reap, home of the UNESCO famous Angkor Wat temple and many more. It was my first foray into Cambodia and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The temples were an amazing sight, the Khmer food was to die for and the Cambodians were extremely friendly. What’s not to like? The heat. The humidity. Other than that, it was a fun time. Enjoy.