Firstly, I've got to say thanks for hanging in there with me - Bangkok Heat has been a long time coming and it is not there yet, but it is progressing. Your support and the encouraging emails I get on a daily basis are what keeps me going (it for sure isn't the money :)).
When I look back, Bangkok Burn was the easiest book I've written. From the start the story flowed and as regular readers know, I don't outline or plot out my stories at all - I either "write" them in my head and then put what I've written down or sit down at the keyboard and start typing (and deleting) until something decent emerges.
Bangkok Wet didn't flow in the same way but the reality of the flood (first time in my life I looked at clouds with fear) and the public's mood at the time of the flood provided a lot of material for me to exercise my two writing methods. A couple of interesting facts: The violent military crackdown to end the red shirt encampment of downtown Bangkok resulted in a total of 87 deaths (79 civilians, 8 soldiers); the floods of 2011, caused entirely by negligence claimed 815 deaths. The cost in monetary terms of the 2010 protests 1.5 billion baht; the cost of the 2011 flooding 1.425 trillion baht. But like with all my books to date there comes a point where the story starts telling itself - all the characters yacking away sometimes so much that you have to write it down just to get them to shut up and the plot points just naturally unfolding.
That point has not yet happened with Heat.
I started writing Bangkok Heat in late 2016; which means I spent most of 2016 on Chapter 1. That first chapter has to suck you in and thirst for more so write and rewrite until it's as close to perfect as the imperfect art allows.
Every line has to be constructed and every twist, turn, and pivot built from the ground up - and that takes time because an amazing amount is deleted (roughly 8 to 1 from what I can tell).
But when I go back and read what I have written so far the surprising thing (at least to me) is that this might just be the best Bangkok series book yet. I'll periodically keep you posted on progress and definitely let you know when it's done.
By the way, what do you think of the cover? Like it, hate it, let me know in the comments below.