What do I do nights and weekends? I write. As much as I can.
My major work in progress is a novel set on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. It’s a story of international intrigue and environmental concerns as they intersect with friendship and other relationships, internal struggles and personal growth. Multiple subplots involve a rich cast of characters: Filipinos, tribal minorities, Americans and Koreans and other expats.
We have lived and worked on Palawan since 1982; we even raised our children here. I speak two local languages fluently and have Filipino and expat friends in town and three generations of special relationships among the ethnic minority where we lived. All of this informs my writing as I try to showcase the beauty of Palawan and weave together all the complexities that make Palawan an unique, interesting place. At the same time, underneath the exotic exterior, people are the same and face the same inner struggles the world over.
I’ll post updates and some samples as the work progresses.