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I scribble on drafts during breaks, on a napkin at lunch, and thumb inspiration into my phone. I’m testing the wording, ideas, and structure on as diverse an audience. This is my quest to write a book integrating two typically fractious topics, Mormons and Asia, set during the Age of Sail.

It started in 2012. In August of 2018 I attended the University of Cambridge Summer Intensive Writing program develop my craft with writers who have experience in my genre and topic. They chose one of my essays for a reading at their combined-genre closing session. I read a scene from one of the ships in the book I’m writing. I set a scholarly standard as well. In June of 2017 The Journal of Burmese Studies published my article on a portion of the research toward the book, “The Other Bayonet: A New Source to Frame the Second Anglo-Burmese War”.

Asia and the Middle East have never left me. I write in the murky region between the spheres we label East and West. In 2006 I won an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest 75th Annual Writing Competition for a memoir of my childhood in Okinawa, Japan entitled, “Japanese Carp”. I received a master’s degree in England from the University of Reading in International Law and World Order. My bachelor’s degree in history came from Brigham Young University in the United States. I speak Mandarin after living in Taiwan. I minored in Arabic and taught it in high school.

I also interpret for deaf people in and out of American Sign Language in the Washington DC metro area. They work and live on all strata of society. As I can’t talk about what I see every day, I bring out as many of those perspectives by recreating them, in historical context, through an environment of the nineteenth century. I connect to the writing community in my spare time. I contribute to the Washington Independent Review of Books. I coordinated a pitch fest with agents for their 2017 annual writers conference.

My current project is about a Mormon missionary who went to Asia in the 1850s. His journal escaped censorship by British administrators in Burma. And he may be linked to the biggest mystery in Thai-British relations. If he would have always signed his letters this would have been a different story.

I am Looking for an Agent

NONFICTION • NARRATIVE • HISTORY/MEMOIR

If Elam Luddington had signed his name to the letter, published in the Singapore Press in 1854, Thailand might have become British.

I’ve hired Ken Davies to edit my current project entitled, LUDDINGTON. I will send it out to agents after we feel it is ready.

ASIA
MORMONS
AGE OF SAIL

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