Friday, August 31, 2007

LIVE! From the Beijing International Book Fair

Alan Solomon reported back yesteday with loads of pictures and this brief comment. If you're in Beijing, stop by the fair and say hello to Alan!

Probably about 200,000 people in the place when I was there! I have some photos, did not even get near where ours was on display owing to crowds.


More news to come directly from Alan in Beijing, China!

Monday, August 27, 2007

The International Book Fair in Beijing!

Well, the time is drawing near when "The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road" will be on display at The International Book Fair in Beijing. The book is scheduled to be shown by the Jenkins Book Group to various book retailers that are looking for books to stock on their shelves.

I can tell you that from the looks of things, the novel has been practically flying off the virtual shelves at and Barnes &!

If you're in the area on Aug 30, 2007 - Sep 3, 2007, please feel free to meet Alan Solomon at this book fair.

For more details:CLICK HERE

Layout of the fair: CLICK HERE

Friday, August 17, 2007

Interview, Interviews, and MORE Interviews

Well, I didn't get to talk with Alan via phone, but I continued the interview anyway. The show must go on, right? Sigh.....One day, Alan....One day.

Had the most fun with Revvell on her radio program! It was like we were just chatting and having a great conversation instead of an "Interview".
Here's her review and listen to the show, it was a blast!
Having read Taryn Simpson's and Alan Solomon's book, "The Mango Tree Cafe"; Loi Kroh Road" I was anxious to interview them for my program. Lately it's been rare that I've picked up a book and not been able to put it down. "The Mango Tree Cafe" is just such a book. Set in Thailand it tells the story of Larry and the colorful characters he encounters on Loi Kroh Rd. I feel this story will HAVE to be made into a film for those whose imaginations don't do the book justice. It's a "must read" for those who love adventure and discovering new places while sitting comfortably in an easy chair accompanied by a warm cup of tea.

Revvell or:

Monday, August 13, 2007


Not only is the book reading like a Who's Who, read below for the HUGE NEWS!

"The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road" is....

* Being shown at the Beijing, China International Book Fair at the end of this month

* Competing for Best Fiction Novel according to

* Accumulating Interview Requests from

- Linda Della Donna (
- Revvell (
- Virtual Book Review (

* Selected as Book of the Month to read by an Australian book club

* Advertised heavily in "Ideas, Goals and Dreams" Magazine to premier in Sept 2007

* Scheduled to be translated into Chinese and Mandarin languages


"The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road" will compete for

Best Fiction Novel for the Pulitzer Prize!!!!
All I can say to Alan Solomon is, "Cheers, Mate!"

Saturday, August 11, 2007

An Interview with Revvell Promises to be MONUMENTAL

I spoke to Revvell ( yesterday morning to discuss when she would like to interview me regarding "The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road" book.

While we chatted, I suddenly had a thought. "Do you think we could bring Alan into this interview as well?"

Revvell was game, so when I asked Alan about it (via email as always) he responded that he would be glad to.

This would be the FIRST time we would talk to each other regarding the book. Due to time differences, it will take some doing, but it should be a monumental occassion.

More details later on when the program will air.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The First Review Is IN!!!!!!

An author who also conducts radio shows as well as review books:

..."If you get a chance to read this book, do so. It is MAHVELOUS!!! It's been awhile since I've not been able to put a book down. Going back to reading it now. We're doing an interview, right? HAVE to talk about THIS book!!!"


You know what to do, right? Click here: The Mango Tree Cafe', Loi Kroh Road by Alan Solomon, Taryn Simpson (Book) in L

Monday, August 6, 2007

A Virtual Conversation with Solomon & Simpson by Linda Della Donna

Welcome Readers! Have I got a treat for you. Recently, I caught up with authors, Alan Solomon and Taryn Simpson and asked for an email interview. Solomon and Simpson teamed up to write The Mango Tree Cafe' Loi Kroh Road. What is stunning about this union, is Solomon makes his home in Asia, and Simpson resides in the USA.

Here's what Taryn Simpson and Alan Solomon had to say:

How did you come across this project?

TS: A writer friend of mine got a lead from a gentleman that had written a rough draft of a book and needed someone to "punch it up". She forwarded the book to me because it was fiction and she knows that it's my speciality. I thought it was going to be 'just another writing job'. Enter Alan Solomon and The Mango Tree Cafe, Loi Kroh Road. I read the synopsis he wrote for the book and was immediately taken with it. Why did you write this book?

AS: I received the power to write this novel from the moment I entered Loi Kroh Road and felt the mysterious magic of the street.

What was it like working with another author from a different part of the world? Were there barriers? Name one?

TS: Absolutely! Being an American, it's hard for me to fathom that people in other countries don't have the same freedoms that we do. Even when it comes to something minor such as the internet. If you have lived in the USA your entire life, you tend to adopt the mindset of "If I have a certain freedom, surely everyone else has it too". Although watching the news I know differently. It's just different when you become aware of how rich our freedoms are in this country when you hear people from different parts of the country talk about certain limitations they have. For example, when I created the blog for the book, Alan wasn't able to see it online for quite some time due to China's strict internet laws. TS (continues): Another barrier was I had a certain time frame where I could catch Alan on line. Remember, if the time in Nashville, TN USA is 8pm, it is 8am in Beijing. So, when I'm winding down from the day, Alan is beginning his. From 7:30pm my time until however late I could make myself stay up is when we had brief conversations about the book. Once I logged off for the night, Alan would leave me emails for the next morning (which is his night!). It was crazy!

AS: No barriers working with Taryn, Taryn was so enthusiastic and so helpful, for me it was like we were seated in the same bar side-by-side discussing our next move.

How long did it take you to write The Mango Tree Cafe'? Were friends, family members supportive?

TS: Well, that's hard to say. Although the book was written, I re-wrote roughly half of it and added/deleted sections of the book. Generally a novel takes 2-3 months or maybe more. That's not including editing. Yes, my partner endured many conversations about the book. When I become enthralled with a book, look out. I talk about it non-stop!

AS: The novel from start to finish took around 4 years, however the 'pull' to write was in my head for as long as I can remember, probably in High School. My family and friends never knew I was writing the Mango Tree Cafe, however if they had known they would have been supportive with a roar of laughter.

Without giving too much away, what is your favorite part of The Mango Tree Cafe? Do you have one?

TS: Oh, this is going to be difficult. Overall, I loved the fact that I got "lost" in this book as a reader. I've never been to Thailand and never had a yen to go. But, the events of the novel were so real to me that I felt like I have been there. It was a very strange feeling. And, meeting people in Nashville that had actually been there was just surreal. TS (continues): I love many sections of the book. The ones that stand out in my mind is the metamorphisis the main character goes through. It covers from the time he is a child to current age of around 50ish. He is able to gain a realization about himself and his father which is very melancholy at best. It's a sweet, sad, and all too painfully familiar feeling of knowing what it feels like to be so ultimately different from others and realizing that regardless of the lifestyle you lead, you can't run from what is inside yourself. I don't want to give too much away, but it is a very poignant story. I promise you will be in tears at the end. Not to mention that the setting includes visions of a lush jungle full of exotic fish, elephants and street dogs. I tried to put that feel in the You Tube video I did for it.

AS: In the novel there are many personal favorite parts I enjoy, however I guess if I had to identify just one part I would have to say it was when Larry realized he lost his only love Noo and to the end of the novel believed he was hearing her and seeing her and that someday she would return to him.

Did you accomplish everything you set out to do when writing this story?

TS: I think so. This question would probably be better served if answered by Alan Solomon. But, after he read the final draft I sent him. I could tell he was quite pleased.

AS: Yes I believe so.

What do you want readers to come away with after reading your story?

TS: I have to remind people that the story was created by Alan. But I want people to come away with whatever makes them think about the book. It has a lot of messages and there is one for everybody. I loved how the book describes the misfits of Loi Kroh Road as beautiful and exotic. Yet, the lives they lead were very gritty and difficult.

AS: Questioning life and how things happen to us as we travel through life which we can miss unless we are alert and seize the moment.

Are you working on anything at this time? Can you share what it is?

TS: I'm having to FORCE myself to move on from this book! LOL. I'm marketing the heck out of it as we speak. But, I have a couple of ideas for books that I am working on. The Mango Tree book has created a real desire in me to start writing "literary fiction" much in the same vein as "The Color Purple", or "A River Runs Through it". This book is pivotal in my career. My next book is tentatively entitled "Invisible Fences". Although it can change.

AS: I am thinking all the time, I watch and listen and keep a notebook. Something may happen. I am not too sure.

Any advice to a writer in the process of writing her own book?

TS: Some writers will say write at any cost. I say write when you have alone time and if you don't have it, make time to write. Even if it is for 10 or 20 minutes a day. Don't be discouraged. Get it down. Worry about deleting or editing later. Listen to music or do an activity such as people watching that will help you get in the mood for what you are writing because I think it bleeds through.

AS: Place a mirror on your writing desk and as you write occasionally look up and you will see what your next line is to be, because looking right back at you will be the lines, the eyes sending you the message and experience of life.

Thank you, Taryn, Thank you, Alan, for your time. Much success with The Mango Tree Cafe Loi Kroh Road. I'm off to do get a mirror and do the 10-20 minute-a-day writing thing!

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Interviews, Interviews and More Interviews!

As I am putting the finishing touches on the novel, I'm getting more requests for interviews. Normally, I don't care for doing numerous interviews about a book but that was before I did an interview with Linda Della Donna.

Linda is a talented writer that specializes in conducting thoughtful interviews with people she finds interesting. Alan Solomon and I are her next subjects. I've done my part of the interview and now we wait for Alan to return to Beijing after traveling to Singpore on business for his portion of the interview. In the meantime, check out Linda's FANTASTIC blog, Griefcase. and look for coming soon.

I'll post it as soon as she is complete right here. By the way, if you would like our book to be featured in your local newspaper, ezine, blog etc. Drop me a line.

Don't forget to purchase the book. Then drop by the mangotreecafe yahoo group and leave a message! I look forward to hearing your comments.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

An Interview with One of the Co-Authors, Taryn Simpson

Thought I would include an interview the Freelance Union did with me recently regarding my writing career. I knew I would be talking about "The Mango Tree Cafe" book quite a bit, so in 'keeping with our theme!' here's the interview: CLICK HERE

I can't seem to quit talking about it. It's a very special book, and I thank Alan for allowing me to be a part of it.

Feel free to leave a comment, I've learned several since I've known Mr. Solomon! He's quite the amusing fellow!