My first payment as a writer/photographer was made into a calender that still hangs on my wall. I was so excited. Below is the small check I received from The Society of International Railway Travelers for the article I wrote while living in Malaysia (1995-1996): "Jungle Train. A Window on True Malaysia." When I returned home in the USA, I wrote a novel and several short stories based on my experience and travels in Malaysia and also Thailand, all of which were never published. I went back to college, finished my degree in American Studies, took an editing position at Washington State University, and moved to Washington state. I continued to write, but it was mostly nonfiction. I left that position in 2010 and have been reworking the novel I wrote in 1997-1998 ever since. My journey that began in Kluang, Malaysia, where I lived with my husband for nine months, has been the journey that keeps on giving.
(Article was published under my middle name "Marie")
My first paycheck! (on top of the calendar
displayed next to my desk)