Photos from Open Day

I did my book reading yesterday at penangpac’s Open Day. It was a lot of fun. Here I am giving an intro to the passage I was going to read.2015-11-15 17.09.58

The drama teacher! Holding up the imaginary bill that has the dictator’s face on it.2015-11-15 17.11.10

Belting it out! No microphone needed.2015-11-15 17.11.29

A calmer moment.

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I had the best seat in the house for the press conference. My book table right to back of all the festivities. Stage 2 – that’s where my show will be in two weeks!2015-11-15 15.16.36

Up close at the book table. I had all four novels available. It was fun talking to a variety of people, making new contacts, and finding some new readers.2015-11-15 14.27.01

Thanks, penangpac. It was a lot of fun!

Practice Reading for Author Event

I’m excited to be doing a reading from my newest book, A Love Story for a Nation, at the Penang Performing Arts Centre’s 4th Anniversary Open Day this coming Sunday afternoon. There will be a myriad of free performances ranging from drama, to poetry, to music, and book readings. I picked out the passage I want to read, a poignant and exciting passage from rather early in the book. Last evening I rehearsed for the first time, but it  was over the 10 minute limit.

Today, in my speech and forensics class, I asked my students if they would indulge me a little and allow me to do my dramatic reading for them. They eagerly agreed and were willing to give me feedback.

This actually fits in well with where we are heading in the class. We will soon be starting oral interpretations, where each person will have to choose a novel and dramatically read a portion of it only using their voice, without any other body movements. That is the requirement for oral interpretation. They don’t want it to turn into drama.

I, however, am not bound by any forensics rules, so I will certainly take advantage of my drama background and try to make my passage as gripping and alive as I possibly can. I will be using all kinds of movements and motions to better tell the story in hopes that some people may want to purchase it afterwards.

So I performed for my students and they enjoyed it a lot. They also gave me some tangible feedback which will help the audience better understand the passage that I am reading. Tomorrow I’ll share the passage on my blog so you can tell me what you think of it. Also, I’ll be sharing some pictures and experiences from Open Day later next week.

I look forward to it!

Book Reading at Prendergast Library – Jamestown, NY

Well, I’m finally getting around to posting a few photos of my book event in Jamestown last month. It was a small but lively crew that attended, and we all had a great time. First of all, look at the amazing, lovely room that held my reading.2014-07-11 17.39.02


This room is filled with these amazing original painting from the 19th century which were collected by Mrs. Prendergast – the library’s original beneficiary. The librarian dared say how much the collection is worth these days, but no doubt in the millions. I especially liked it because if I started to bore anyone, they at least would have something interesting to look like.

Here I am in the middle of a riveting scene from The Reach of the Banyan Tree. I don’t think anyone is sleeping.

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Thanks, Jamestown, for the support. I had a great time. Let’s do it again in the future.



Some photos of my first book event in America.

On June 26, I had a wonderful book event at the South Butler County Library in Saxonburg, PA. There was a small but lively group in attendance, and I had a great time doing an oral interpretation of my new novel, The Reach of the Banyan Tree. I had many voices to do, two Vietnamese men, 4 Americans, and 1 French. And even though I was battling through a cold, I think I succeeded all right.

After the reading, I fielded some great questions from the audience including questions about writing inspiration, mapping out a book, among others.

It really was a humbling experience. There are so many entertainment options and so many different responsibilities that each of us have everyday. So to have anyone show up at a book event to talk about my writing, well, I am honored. So I thank my friends and new friends who came out. It was a great encouragement.

I have another event in Jamestown, NY on July 11. Can’t wait!

Here I am doing my introduction.

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I have no idea what I am doing here. Looks like I’m telling a fish story.

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Here I am in the middle of a gripping passage when Chip is trying to convince Thuy’s father to let them get married.

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A friend and his son, hopefully a new fan!

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Signing a book.

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Two Author Events Coming Up!

I’m very excited about returning to the USA for 5 weeks for the first time since I have published my first novel. This will be my first opportunity to to share my books and passion for writing in person with friends and lovers of books. I’m happy to announce that I have two different author events lined up in places which are near and dear to me.

Here are the details:

June 28: South Butler County Library, Saxonburg, PA  – 1:00 PM

July 11: Prendergast Library, Jamestown, NY – 6:00 PM

In both locations, I’ll be doing a few dramatic readings from all three of my novels – especially my newest one releasing on July 1, The Reach of the Banyan Tree.

I’ll finally get a chance to put my preaching into action and do some oral interpretations of my own works. It should be a lot of fun. I’ll also be doing some giveaways and questions and answers about writing, publishing, or anything else.

These are going to be great kick-offs for the release of my third novel.

I can’t wait. So if you are going to be in the area, I do hope you’ll stop in and say hello!