Name Jame DiBiasio
Age Forty-seven and change.
Where are you from
It’s complicated. But yeah, that’s James without the S.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Hong Kong has been my home for two decades.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Indy publisher Water Street Press has published my thriller, “Bloody Paradise”, set on the Thai resort island of Koh Samui.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
From the beginning. Not a choice, really.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
From the beginning.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
More a question of what inspired me to finish it. Lots of things inspire the start of writing.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Competent, I hope?
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
“Bloody Paradise” is a play on being stuck on a tropical ‘paradise’ island that turns sanguinary; plus the bad guy is British and he goes on about bloody this and bloody that.
My first novel, “Gaijin Cowgirl”, is named for the protagonist: ‘gaijin’ is the Japanese word for foreigner, and my hero is an American woman working in a Tokyo hostess bar called Cowboy.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I leave that to the readers to decide.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I know the locations, the settings, the cultures. The rest is made up.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
It’s books and reading in general – making reading a part of one’s life.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
You’re cheating. That’s two questions in one. Three, actually.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The publishers? Crime Wave Press, Water Street Press. That’s two. Ha, now I’m cheating as well.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not until it pays better.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It’s a long time ago, you know?
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Travis Mitchell lands on the Thai resort island of Samui with a broken hand, a backpack full of cash, and an angry Hong Kong crime boss on his tail. He’s supposed to lie low but then he meets Mazy, a yoga instructor with a penchant for booze and bad boyfriends. They might escape with their lives if they can trust each other, but trust is in short supply when you’re in…wait for it…Bloody Paradise.
What do you think, would that sound better with a British accent? Nah, keep it American.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing really good thrillers. That’s hard.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
The travel’s baked in. The books emerge from places that suggest a story to me.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I think Hans at Crime Wave Press designed the cover for “Gaijin Cowgirl”. It’s pretty awesome. I love it. I don’t know the artist who did the cover for “Bloody Paradise”, but they did a fabulous job.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The discipline. It doesn’t get easier.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
It feels good to complete the writing of a book.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
This actor question is getting harder. When I envisaged Val Benson, the heroine of “Gaijin Cowgirl”, I was thinking Sharon Stone from “Basic Instinct”. Why? Because Stone’s a seriously noir blonde with dark killer eyebrows, and because I was the perfect age to see her in that role on the silver screen. Hell yeah I’m putting that in my book. But now I’m dating myself. Jeez, do people even say ‘silver screen’ anymore, or do they just stream everything onto their laptop?
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
No, not really. Sorry.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you like intelligent, page-turning thrillers with flesh-and-blood characters, you’ll love my books. And thanks for reading.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just completed David Vann’s “Bright Air Black” which is one of the best books I have read in a long time.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. Should I? Probably something involving Dick, Jane, and seeing a dog run.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The usual. More likely to cry when I’m hung over. I don’t know why that is.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
What the fuck kind of question is that?
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Yoga and drinking. Warning: do not attempt at the same time.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
“Game of Thrones”, “Breaking Bad”. Now watching “Marseille”, which is really trashy.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I’m glad we’re really delving into the specifics here.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Be a gigolo in Paris.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Yes! I do! Thanks for asking. It’s www.jamedibiasio.com. I made an effort getting it designed, so please check it out. And keep reading!
Jame DiBiasio is an award-winning financial journalist and editor. He is author of the non-fiction The Story of Angkor (published by Silkworm Books in 2013) and blogs at http://asiahacks.com. He lives in Hong Kong.
A novel by Jame DiBiasio
Working Tokyo nightclubs is easy money for beautiful and troubled American Val Benson until a client with a rather unusual hobby – painting the private parts of his female liaisons – reluctantly gives up a map to a stash of Japanese war loot and tempts his favorite girl into a dangerous treasure hunt.
Val travels to Hong Kong and Thailand on a trip back in time to the dying days of World War II. The road soon points to the wild Thai-Burmese borderlands where she must get her hands on a long lost mythical treasure – before rogue CIA agents, yakuza thugs, human traffickers and other bad elements get to her.