Jim Thompson is Alive! … Interview with Northern Thailand expat author Thomas Hunt Locke …
Thomas Hunt Locke is, among other things, a husband, a father, a businessman, an adventurer, an expat living in Thailand and an author. Not necessarily in that order. He’s a transplanted American. An east coast guy, with Boston ties. It is my impression that he has his life priorities in order. Plus, he and his protagonist, Sam Collins both like CheckInn99 whenever they get a chance to come to the City of Angels. What’s not to like? His second Sam Collins mystery, Jim Thompson is Alive! has dropped recently on Amazon.com and will be available in paperback soon. This follows his debut Sam Collins erotic historical mystery, The Ming Inheritance. Thailand Footprint is pleased to welcome Thom Locke as our Footprint Maker interview of the month.
THL Hi Kevin. I first came to Thailand in the early 1990’s. I was finishing up my grad school work and delivered a paper at a conference in Singapore. I had a few days free afterward so hopped on a bus and headed north. I’m now coming on my 10th anniversary residing in Thailand. Other than a couple of months in Bangkok I have been permanently settled in the north. I don’t live directly in Chiang Mai anymore but my family and I still make frequent forays into the Rose of the North. The best thing about Chaing Mai, a city I love dearly, is the balance between culture and modernity. I lack for nothing in the modern context, yet I still can meditate in the ancient temple Wat U-Hmong.
THL I’m folding and pressing my latest as we speak and yeah, I ‘ll begin work on my next project come September. I have a total of ten novels loosely outlined. My next effort will be set in the summertime home of my youth, Cape Cod. It will not be as sexually charged as the Sam Collins Mystery Series though it will be a historical thriller. The working title is Vinland. I’ll follow that up with another Sam Collins thriller. This will be interesting as it will take Sam out of Thailand. I don’t want to be tied to one locale and I believe Sam gives me great flexibility in that regard.
TF You talked about how your experience with a business in Thailand has been fantastic. Tell me what you like about the Thailand geography, what you like about the Thai people and what you like about Thai culture? Of those three areas, what don’t you like?
THL First, as you know, Thailand is an exquisitely beautiful country. I like to get outside and there is so much to choose from. We try to get into the mountains of Mae Hong Song at least once a year and life would not be complete without at least one trip down south to Krabi or Phuket. Bangkok gets thrown in a couple of times a year as well. That covers a lot of real estate. My wife, being Thai, likes to visit the local shops, markets, and restaurants when visiting such locales. Its a great way to experience the many different cultures that exist within the Thai borders. I think Thai people are generous by nature. Living where I do, off the tourist map as it were, I was a bit of an oddity being one of the few farang around. It was a great way to learn about Thai culture and people. Consider me impressed. If there is one thing I hate about Thailand it is the lack of civility on the roads. Thai drivers are barbaric! And this coming from a Bostonian where bad driving has been elevated to an art form.
Jim Thompson Is Alive! is now available on Amazon. The paperback will follow in September. I’m beginning work with a Thai film director exploring the possibility of turning this novel into a movie. He’s a good friend and I was happy to hear of his interest. We will meet tonight over 100 Pipers!
TF Thanks, Thom. I hope to klink glasses with you at CheckInn99 soon.
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