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Tom Vater

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Tom Vater is a writer and publisher working predominantly in Asia. He is the co-owner of Crime Wave Press, a Hong Kong based English language crime fiction imprint.
Tom has published three novels, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, currently available in English and Spanish, The Cambodian Book of the Dead, released by Crime Wave Press in Asia and world wide in July 1013 by Exhibit A as well as a follow-up,. The Man with the Golden Mind, out with Exhibit A in March 2014.
Tom has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The South China Morning Post, Marie Claire, Geographical, Penthouse and other publications.
He has published several non-fiction books, including the highly acclaimed Sacred Skin with photogr
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Tom Vater I have never had a great deal of writer's block. Sometimes I procrastinate.. In the past this used to freak me out and I used to put huge pressure on…moreI have never had a great deal of writer's block. Sometimes I procrastinate.. In the past this used to freak me out and I used to put huge pressure on myself to get back into the groove. Now I just wait a couple days and the urge to continue the story comes back. For me, writer's block or the lack thereof also has to do with money. If I am writing while receiving an advance, I feel more secure and generally write faster and in a more focused manner. (less)
Tom Vater I enjoy an inordinate amount of freedom in my life. I don't have a boss or an office to go to. But I also need to have a certain amount of discipline…moreI enjoy an inordinate amount of freedom in my life. I don't have a boss or an office to go to. But I also need to have a certain amount of discipline and self motivation. Because I am my own boss I am also the guy who tells me to go to work. I love this balancing act. But what I love most about being a writer are these moments when I'm really flying, writing fast and solid prose that doesn't need a great deal of revision. Those are some of the best moments in my life. (less)
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