Thailand Inspires Alumnus to Write Books

Story by Andy Arb from The Journal of Webster University on T. F. Rhoden’s first literary venture in The Village.

When the University of Maryland University College decided to close its international campus in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany in 2001, Thomas Rhoden had to find a new school to attend. Rhoden liked the international campus location options of Webster University, and settled at the Thailand campus. This is where he got his inspiration for his four books, including his novel, “The Village.”

“What I wanted to do with the book was capture what life was really like in the village in modern day Southeast Asia,” Rhoden said.

Rhoden, also known as T.F. Rhoden, his pen name, is originally from Dallas. After graduating from Webster University-Thailand in 2003, he moved to China before moving before moving back to Thailand when he joined the Peace Corps. Rhoden left Thailand again, but returned after he went to Arizona to earn his MBA.

Rhoden spent seven years off and on living in Thailan, so he knew the state of small communities in Southeast Asia, and wanted to clear up any misconceptions people might have.

“A lot of what you might read from… [click here to continue to read full text]

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*Originally published in The Journal of Webster University by Andy Arb; photo credits for this re-post via by Tom at Isan Life. Unless otherwise stated, all posts on this website are under Creative Commons licence. 

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The Village

First book!

Published by DL Press, The Village is the debut novel by T. F. Rhoden.

Description

The Village is a warm tale of real people living their lives in a faraway land. Set in a small community in mainland Southeast Asia, The Village, sometimes exotic, sometimes simple, is a modern affirmation for those who believe in the immutability of the human condition across all of our enchantingly variant cultures: the struggle to maximize well-being amidst flippant society.

Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: DL Press (2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615415342
ISBN-13: 978-0615415345
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

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*Original copyright for book is held by T. F. Rhoden; photo credit for image of this post as well as cover of this book publication goes to T. F. Rhoden. Unless otherwise stated, all posts on this website are under Creative Commons licence. 

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