"Iím delighted to inform readers and friends, that I have completed another book The Emerald Buddha.
A mystery/thriller: based in Queensland, Australia and flows into the trouble spots of Southeast Asia.
Circumstances beyond her control are driving Michelle Maxwell into a world of intrigue and dangerous liaisons, deep within the political morass of Southeast Asia. This powerful story weaves a hypnotic spell, and draws you through Michelleís terror, until the final clue unfolds. Michelleís life is about to explode with sinister reality, and only Nicholasís strength can save her."
"I have been based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for almost seven months, and look forward to returning to Sydney, Australia in October 2002. The locals describe the high temperatures in Tashkent, as desert weather. We have suffered over the last few weeks, with temperatures soaring into the mid-forties c.
During this period in Tashkent, Iíve been involved with a project undertaken by the team from Uzbek Television. We visited the district of Kaskkadarya, which is one of the drought-ridden areas of Uzbekistan. No rain for more than three years had turned this once fertile land into a dust bowl.
The local people welcomed us into their homes, and we studied first hand, the effects of arranged marriages, and local customs. The girls are as young as fourteen years of age, and become a servant to the groomís family. Local custom dictates that these women are forbidden to speak for forty days to any person, other than their husbands. The husband, if the wife is barren, or he tires of her can terminate the marriage, after one year. The husband can select several wives; this practice is very common in the provinces. The secondary wives fear the death of the husband, because they lack the fiscal support of the extended family, for themselves and their children. Life is a constant struggle and the mortality rate for children under five years is extremely high. Many young women still die in childbirth; there is no medical aid in these provinces.
It has become necessary for the men to flee to the larger cities to find work, for their families to survive. The women and children struggle in dire poverty. Local women have returned to the ancient crafts, to support their large families. The women embroider wonderful designs on velvet cloth, and clothes emblazoned with either silver or gold thread. These slippers, headdresses, and wedding clothes are sold in the city markets, but the local women receive very little payment for their labor."
My books "Angels of Saigon" and "The Baby Merchants" may be viewed at www.bookworm.au.com and www.authorsden.com