People from all walks of life tend to end up in Thailand. While a lot of expats choose to stay here for the easy going lifestyle, beautiful weather and pristine beaches, some come here for other more productive reasons. Thailand has been a hotspot for famous novel writers the world over for many years now and there’s a good reason why.
Some internationally renowned authors set their stories here because of the stunning, tropical environment. For example, Alex Garland set his first novel ‘The Beach’ on an untouched, mysterious island in Thailand. This book became hugely popular and was later made into a movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio, which was also filmed in and around Phuket.
Other authors choose to write about Thailand because of the amazingly bizarre culture, which is always brimming with inspiration. Up until a few years ago, any wannabe expat writer living in Thailand could get a book deal with local publishers due to cheap printing costs, but it would seem that that golden era has come to an end due to standards being raised in the Farang Literary world.
There are still successful expat writers around though, such as John Burdett, Christopher G Moore, M.J. Casey and Jake Needham. In fact, Bangkok based author, M.J. Casey’s most recent novel ‘The Weavers’ is scheduled for release on the 19th of September, which goes to show that foreign authors living in Thailand are still getting their work out there.
Foreign writers from any part of the globe are urged to use Thailand as their writing base as it is a great place to get inspired and observe the amazing Thai culture firsthand. There really is no other place like it on Earth. Fascinating events occur on a daily basis in the Land of Smiles so if you’re a budding writer in search of a place to get fodder for your imagination, by all means come and live in Thailand (We highly recommend Phuket). It’s a great place for writers for so many reasons, and who knows? Maybe your book will attract the interest of a publisher here or perhaps even a publisher from overseas.