About the disabled author in Thailand - British expat John McMiken

Literally - 'Legless in Thailand'



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John McMiken, Ian Reed

"Welcome to my den" My real name is Ian Reed. I chose the pseudonym of John McMiken for my writing for two reasons. The first reason was in memory of my late mother, who's maiden name was McMiken. The second reason was personal, I didn't want people who know me, to read my book and then when they meet me again think that they know more about me than they already do. Ian is also the Scottish equivalent of John, so the name just came easy to me.

Come to think of it! There is a third reason now, because there is already a well-known author named Ian Reed and I wouldn't want to confuse any of our respective readers.

I am originally from St Helens in England, but have lived in Thailand for 20+ years now. I had a very serious road traffic accident here in 2001, which almost killed me, put me in a coma for 3 weeks, broke almost every bone in my body and I also lost one of my legs. This is covered in my first book "Legless in Thailand" which begins with me waking up from my coma.

I first started to write when I was recuperating from my accident in a small town in the North East of Thailand, I was not only physically hurt, I was also going through psychological torment because of the subsequent actions carried out by my partner at the time. I never set out to write a book, but I had my computer in front of me and I just found it mentally therapeutic to write down the thoughts that were driving me more and more insane, torturing me and going through my head every minute of every day.

Even after I finished writing the first draft of my first book, when I looked at my life in the pages from the past and what lay ahead of me now, daydreamingly, I just thought "Wouldn't it be nice to be able to return to the past and correct the stupid mistakes that you made in your life, I wouldn't be here now feeling sorry for myself, I would be in a much better place with someone who I now know actually cares for me." That is where the idea for this book "Ex Post Facto" came from, just wishful thinking and daydreaming for a better present and future and a "logical" way to achieve it.


Well! I think I have written enough about myself for now, if anyone sincerely wishes to know more, then you can send me an email and make my day HERE