Terminal Romance

In these 16 original stories, cyber stalkers, foot fetishists and love-struck professors search for love, search for each other, search for physical and online encounters. But these interlinked stories are more than boy meets virtual girl. Terminal Romance exposes the uncertainties and complexities of love and our need to reach out and connect …

29 Ways to Drown

Influenced by Latin American tradition, the ten stories in this debut collection are steeped in equal parts magic realism and gritty, sophisticated worlds, where shaman parade alongside lovesick film buffs, papers and humans fly at will, and intellectual and professional quests lead to self-destruction. Whether it is a fourteen-year-old boy attempting …

A new review for TR

It has been an interesting few months. My second book, Terminal Romance, so different from my first in both theme and expression, has received good feedback from readers and reviewers. But the language used to describe it is so different to that of 29 Ways to Drown, that I have …

Have Suitcase Won’t Travel

There is an Ecuadorian superstition that goes like this: If you run around the block with your suitcase at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, you will travel a-plenty in the months to come. Well, I must not have done it correctly, because I’m cancelling my third trip …

The Volcano Hunters

Tungurahua, or El Volcan, as it is known, is beloved by both locals and tourists alike in Ecuador. None more fanatical than the Volcano Hunters, a group of fans constantly on the lookout for Baños’ most famous denizen. The Hunters know the best time to catch a glimpse of the Volcan (7.00 …

Indestructible Brownie

While in Baños, I stayed at one of those eco-friendly hotels, you know the type: granola, sandals, rustic bread. It was a peaceful place some distance from the town centre, with stunning scenery and the sound of the rushing river. With its bright wooden floors and homemade jams, it felt …

Volcanic rock therapy

The Refugio Sanctuary in Baños is a tranquil place full of flowers, trees and tropical birds. But that’s where the peace ended. My health therapy consisted of five hours of being caked in mud, steamed, ionized, massaged like a sumo wrestler, cleansed everywhere, and I mean EVERYwhere, made to drink pints …

Cocoon

Arriving in Cuenca from Baños involved a taxi, a national bus, a domestic flight and the last reserves of my energy. From visits as a child, I fondly remembered the laid-back little town near the water. I was surprised to encounter a sprawling city, almost as large as Quito. Our hotel was on the outskirts of town, …

Señor Hat

Early this morning we set off for Otavalo, a town north of Quito. Otavalo is famous for its Saturday artisan market, which I am told is the largest in all the Americas. A great many crafts and indigenous weavings are sold, including the infamous Panama Hat, or Sombrero de Toquilla, …

Feliz Año Nuevo

We celebrated New Year’s Eve by taking a stroll in the Centro Historico and gawking at the cathedrals Quito is famous for. I wanted to take a photo of La Compania de Jesus, but was stopped in mid-flash by an officious toad who refused to budge on the rules, even on …