Saturday, August 15, 2015

Building a River: Part 1

A Muddy Red River was originally inspired by a chance meeting which in fact was barely worthy to be called such. In 1990 I was working with a volunteer missionary group called Youth With A Mission (YWAM). I was in Thailand where my team visited a high school in a province whose name I can no longer recall. I may have forgotten that name, but I have never forgotten the name of Jam, a beautiful young student to whom I was briefly and perfunctorily introduced.

Her name, her pretty face and her slender feminine body became the inspiration for A Muddy Red River. I never saw her again, and it was not until ten years had passed that I began to write the story: a handwritten draft about an Australian man who falls in love at first sight with a Thai women after a chance meeting. As most romances are, this tale would be full of drama and difficulty. Chris Cornell's lyrics sum it up nicely. "You fall in love from a great height, now the easy part's over."

The manuscript ran out of steam after four chapters so I shelved it. At that time, I was concentrating on short stories, believing I was too busy to attempt a novel, and very uncertain about my ability. The very short life of A Muddy Red River proved the point, and those first four chapters remained hidden away in a drawer for more than ten years. Until...


  1. Sounds like you are finally ready. I'm intrigued with the story already!

  2. Oops, hit the return button too soon. Saw your email announcement. Yes, indeed, sign me up. Would love to read Muddy Red River. Congrats!! I met some of the missionaries in Thailand in 1995 at a Bangkok hotel. Fascinating. I later visited the Lisu tribe as a tourist. A beautiful country and people.

  3. Thanks Sharon. Good to hear from you. I'm pretty excited for the official launch of A Muddy Red River. An official launch is a first for me.