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Laure Siegel’s Hong Kong dossier at ARTE TV

Just spent a mad week in Hong Kong, following ARTE correspondent Laure Siegel conducting interviews  with ten residents on the imminent 20th anniversary of the city’s handover from the colonial Britishers to the Chinese, for ARTE TV. Check out the Hong Kong Dossier here. My portraits are in the vignettes of Témoignages : les voix […]

Democracy in Southeast Asia – A Story Untold

I was recently commissioned by a Thai English language magazine to write a short satirical piece abut Democracy in SE Asia.  After much back and forth, the publication decided not to go ahead with the article, apparently due to the current political climate in Thailand. In the West – by which I generally mean the […]

Crime Wave Press in The South China Morning Post

Ysabelle Cheung reports on my publishing imprint Crime Wave Press this week. My friend and partner in crime Hans Kemp provides the clues to the scene of the crime. Read the full article here.. It’s always too late for someone.” That’s the enigmatic tagline of Hong Kong-based Crime Wave Press, a two-and-a-half-year-old publishing company with […]

The Blind Rooster – The 13th title from Crime Wave Press

The Blind Rooster by Preston land is the 13th title my publishing company Crime Wave Press has released. When con-man Ralph does a runner on the check at a shabby diner in an unfamiliar town, he doesn’t expect it to catch up to him. But the waitress Arlene tracks him down and ropes him into […]

Just-in-Time Printing of Stories from Our Dark Side

As my publishing imprint Crime Wave Press has been invited to this year’s Georgetown Literary Festival in Malaysia, literary reviewer Umapagan Ampikaipakan interviews me for The Business Station. The publisher of a Hong Kong based fiction imprint (the company endeavors to publish the best new crime novels, novellas, and short story collections to readers around […]

It’s always too late for someone / Crime Wave Press – The Story So Far….

Two friends, Tom Vater and Hans Kemp, recently launched Crime Wave Press, in Hong Kong. Here Tom explains how they began their publishing (ad)venture. “In the summer of 2012, Hans and I were sitting in Bangkok talking about the changing world of publishing and the new challenges facing small independent publishers and writers. We had […]

How Asia Specialists Crime Wave Press Opened to the World

In the summer of 2012, my friend Hans Kemp and I were sitting in Bangkok, Thailand, talking about the changing world of publishing and the new challenges facing small independent publishers and writers. Hans and I had just collaborated on a successful illustrated book — Sacred Skin, Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos — for his Hong Kong […]

New Crime Wave Press Title: Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame DiBiasio: Paperback out now!

New Crime Wave Press Title: Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame DiBiasio Out Now!!!

After having one of our titles, Mindfulness and Murder in the Top 100 Crime novels on Amazon this week, Crime Wave Press introduces it’s latest thriller: Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame DiBiasio. Gaijin Cowgirl is a high octane adventure introducing Val Benson, flaky Tokyo hostess and utterly unreliable protagonist who stumbles across a map to one […]

Crime Wave Press – Interview by Paul D. Brazill

I’ve been interviewed by British crime writer Paul D. Brazill about the crime fiction imprint I launched with publisher Hans Kemp last year, Crime Wave Press. Crime Wave Press is a Hong Kong based fiction imprint that endeavors to publish the best new crime novels from Asia and about Asia to readers around the globe. […]

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