Monday, July 23, 2012

How I Came to Write This Book/Found a Press: Tom Vater

The Devil’s Road to Crime Wave Press - Tom Vater

Back in May, I was sitting down with my friend Hans Kemp, kicking literary business ideas back and forth – we’d recently collaborated on a wonderful non-fiction project ( - when Hans reminded me that I had a crime novel, The Cambodian Book of the Dead, in my drawer, and another, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, that was about to go out of print.

We founded Crime Wave Press - a Hong Kong based fiction imprint that endeavors to publish the best new crime novels from Asia and about Asia – then and there. Now, the first two books are out, a third is in production for September, first reviews are rolling in, we’re enjoying modest sales and Crime Wave Press is officially launching at the UBUD Writers Festival in Bali in October. We are pushing away from the scene of the initial crime, into an uncertain, barely illuminated but intriguing future. And we’re well positioned to ride our crime wave. Hans Kemp has been publishing books about Asia for twenty years and I am a seasoned writer of non-fiction books, screenplays and articles.

It’s been a long road to Crime Wave Press. I first traveled through Iran, Pakistan, India and Nepal in the early 90s, taking notes. By chance I met a group of friends who had done the old hippie trail from Europe to India in the 1970s. Their tall stories gave rise to The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, a kaleidoscopic pulp thriller following two generations of drifters embroiled in sex, drugs and murder on the aforementioned overland route. First published to some critical acclaim in 2005, the book quickly disappeared, along with its publisher. The new Crime Wave Press edition is meaner, leaner and is about to be republished in print in October.

So this is a call to arms of sorts. Crime Wave Press is looking for authors. Visit the Submissions page on

The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu

The Cambodian Book of the Dead

Crime Wave Press


Anonymous said...

Patti - Thanks for hosting Tom.

Tom - Thanks for sharing your solution to the "how will I get my book published?" question. Start your own press! That's wonderful. I wish you all success.

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Charles Gramlich said...

I like those titles, particularly "the devil's road"