Sunday, February 14, 2010

"The Mango Tree Cafe', Loi Kroh Road" Adventure Novel

Book: The Mango Tree Cafe', Loi Kroh Road
Authors: Taryn Simpson and Alan Solomon

Imagine owning a restaurant near the jungles of Thailand that sits upon the most legendary mystical road in the world. Legend states that whomever walks upon Loi Kroh Road will be forever changed or shall never be seen or heard from again. In fact, the English translation of "Loi Kroh Road" is "Wash Your Bad Luck Away".
Larry, the main character, is seductively lured to this world famous street to purchase this restaurant. The restaurant serves as a place where he observes world travelers such as himself as well as locals who discover their fate upon this historic road. He is on a journey to discover his mission in life as he is guided by a ghostly figure that appeared to him as a child. On his adventures, he comes face to face with his greatest fear, his lingering questions of mortality and his soul's lonely reflection.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Google vs China - More at Stake for Authors Taryn Simpson and Alan Soloman

When I first heard about the tension between computer software giant, Google and China, I stopped what I was doing and thought about what this really means to me. One person in America. One of millions. I was struck with the oddest feeling and couldn't explain to others what it felt like. Which is another strange feeling for a writer.

The reason I was blindsighted is because my writing partner, Alan Solomon lives in China.

If Google decides to close operations in China, therein it closes shop for me and my partner as well. To hell with collaborating on a book (did I say that?) I would lose contact with Alan. Sure, I could write letters but it would in a sense, feel like sending smoke signals back and forth. It takes alot of time to send a letter, write a return response and send it back. For those Generation X and Y folks, the Boomers know all about letter writing before the computer information superhighway days. The delay in communication also would dull our collaboration.
In fact, I don't think we could do what we had done with The Mango Tree Cafe book.
Instant Messaging and lightening fast emails deep in the night in America spurred and inspired our writing. No doubt about it.
And, it conceived a novel that is spiritual, poigniant and memorable. The same as my friendship with Alan Solomon.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Gift that Keeps Giving

Even though "The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road" was written and published in 2007, it never fails to produce countless blog posts and articles. Why? Personally, I can tell you that co-writing that novel was a very pivotal time for my writing. The subject matter, the setting and the characters were such that I knew I it would stretch my writing muscle.

And after some comments from some readers, I think Author Alan Soloman and I achieved what we wanted with this novel.

Comments from Readers
"Did anyone ever tell you what a beautiful story this is?

I've actually just yelled at my mother for talking some kind of rubbish while I was trying to read. (poor thing) that's the thing with reading on screen, some books need to be held in comfort, lying in bed with a reading lamp until you are too tired to read on. A bookmark carefully placed where you left off. Nothing else is good enough for a story like this."

"The writing has a classic veneer. The prologue drops breadcrumbs along the way, back to Larry's unusual past. Plenty of description here, flows at a leisurely pace as if listening to a live master storyteller weaving a yarn."

"I could feel the tropical heat steaming off the pages. The intro is very literary, so well done, that for once I don't mind knowing how the main character ends up - well, I'm still hoping there's more of his fate, that how you've let his story then unfold will circle around. I've read all you've posted, and am intrigued to find out what happens - or has happened, to the farm, and to see him at the Mango Tree."

"I can never resist a story set in an exotic location such as Thailand – one of my favorite places in the world! This story has many excellent characters and twists and I found you both to be astute authors drawing your readers in with brilliantly crafted descriptions of places and personalities."

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