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Interview on Creative Writer’s Post

                          Liz Kingsbury McKeown interviews me about my writing career. It was fun. Do something creative with your life. Don’t work for a boss in an office all your life. Don’t fall into consumerist trappings. Don’t get a mortgage if it means having […]

Tom Vater on Travel Talk Asia

I am interviewed this week on Travel Talk Asia about travel writing and my journalistic career in Asia for the past two decades. Hope there are some interesting insights on the craft and a life well lived.  Thanks to Trevor Ranges for suggesting I come on the show. Listen to the full interview here. Photograph […]

My Special Needs Baby’s Long and Roundabout Road to Publication

Crime Wave Press author Gary Anderson recounts how he found a home for his excellent and hilariously transgressive Sci Fi Noir novel The Gwousz Affair. I’m going start by making what might be a startling admission: I came to noir late. The Gwousz Affair is my first attempt at what might be if not partially […]

Live Interview on Rudy Maxa’s World Radio Show online now!!!!

I put my guide book author hat on last week and gave a live radio interview/podcast on Rudy Maxa’s World, America’s most widely-syndicated weekend travel radio show, on Saturday, May 11th. I’ll be talking about travel writing, tourism, publishing and my new US published guide to the Angkor temples in Cambodia from Moon Guides. Here’s […]

Writing About India

Many Asian governments don’t like their citizen to discuss their country’s history, culture, politics or current affairs. Severe restrictions, both in the form of laws as well as unwritten rules, suppress civil society entering into a dialogue with itself. Powerful elites introduce taboos of expression that one may cross only at one’s peril. In China, […]

Writer Chris Taylor on Global Travel and Tom Vater’s The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu

Chris Taylor, author of Harvest Season, a dystopian backpacker novel set in China that I recently reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, recaps and comments one of our meetings in Bangkok and our discussion on the future  of backpacking, guidebooks and my novel The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, which will be republished as an e-book […]

Tom Vater interviewed by Donald Gilliland

I have just been interviewed by Donald Gilliland, owner of Dasa Book Cafe, Bangkok’s best second hand bookshop, for his popular blog Garlic Never Sleeps. I answer questions about the life of a writer working in Asia, about past publications and my new book Sacred Skin, and also talk about some of my other (music) […]

Bangkok Noir? – We’re still waiting

One of Germany’s best known writers and TV intellectuals (yes, there‘s such a thing), Roger Willemsen, recently spent three months in Bangkok, writing about the city. Every night, the experienced media professional left his hotel at 6pm to explore the underbelly of Thailand’s capital. The result is Bangkok Noir, a 350 page coffee table book […]

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