Anna Leonowens sure successfully Thai'd up the story of an English governess to the king of Thailand's children. In fact so many things happened in the time she spent there, it doesn't leave much wiggle room to find another story quite as thrilling. And then the film, Anna & the King, with Jodie Foster's clever interpretation of the schoolmarm.
How I'd love to find that elusive little idea to come up with my own novel in that exotic land. Every year we travel there for ministry I feel the longing to capture another story, be it contemporary or historical. Oh yes, I've made several attempts, but so far no strong plot lines.
We travel the length and breadth of Thailand, close to borders where the car has been searched for drugs. Over the borders into adjoining countries where we had to hand over American dollars plus a few tense moments re our passports. But on the whole, we've felt safe with our Thai friend and interpreter, Somchai Soonthornturasuk. And the delicious food, including weird and wonderful ingredients I would normally never eat ... thank you very much!
It's been such a joy to share the true Christmas message in Buddhist schools. And this year also in prisons. Perhaps this will be the time when an idea will germinate. And if not fiction, I could certainly write a tongue-in-cheek biography named "Beds I Have Slept In". And that would be an eye-opener. What say you?
Rita Stella Galieh loves to write all things Victorian, thus her trilogy:
Signed Sealed Delivered,
The Tie That Binds,
A Parcel of Promises
See www.ritastellapress.com to
find out details. And if you'd like to pray for her Thailand itinerary she can send an attachment to your email.
Rita's contact: ritagal at optusnet dot com dot au God bless!