PDB: What’s going on now?
KC: I’ve just released my first book, Bangkok Beat with Frog in the Mirror Press. A collection of short stories, interviews that include questions I stole from you, literature reviews, Thailand expat profiles and the history of an old brothel and current Bangkok Cabaret nightclub. An odd duck of a book, but I like how it waddles. Non-fiction.
PDB: How did you research this book?
KC: I hung out at the old brothel a lot, talked with many old Asia hands who remembered the club from days gone by and generally made a nuisance of myself to a lot of interesting people who all hid any annoyances they had very well.
PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?
KC: My first. An exercise in non-attachment. A December 26th, 2012 Guest Column printed in my hometown newspaper, The Auburn Journal. Title: Memorable Placer Coach left big footprint.
PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?
KC: Film and book are the same: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I enjoyed the film more than Ken Kesey did. Favorite line: “Mmm. Juicy Fruit.”
PDB: Is location important to your writing?
KC: Location is my writing. I’m proud to call myself a blogger first and a writer only if I am trying to get Paul D. Brazill to interview me. My blog is called Thailand Footprint.
PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?
KC: I’m new to Amazon and pretty disciplined. Only after the last grain of sand leaves the egg timer.
PDB: What’s next?
I’m thinking of taking up smoking to help me lose the 8 kilos I gained from writing Bangkok Beat. Tim Hallinan has agreed to do an interview with me. His new Poke Rafferty thriller coming out is called, The Hot Countries. Buy it. Tim is very good.
Bio: Kevin Cummings has lived in Bangkok Thailand since 2001. Kevin’s interviews, book reviews and short stories have been featured over 50 times in Southeast Asian newspapers, including the Bangkok Post, Phnom Penh Advisor and Chiang Mai CityNews. In another life Kevin once: played an official basketball game against the Susanville maximum security prison team, at the prison, was a dishwasher at the Lake Placid Lodge in the Adirondacks of New York, hitch-hiked from Canada to Chico, California, and hopped a freight train from Roseville, California to Reno, Nevada and back with two mates to play blackjack. Kevin now splits his time between Thailand and a small beach community in Northern California, known as Surf City.