Below is a simple illustration of what I wrote about earlier. These photographs were taken in Bangkok, Thailand.
From a distance,
this looks like a flower. Closer inspection reveals a dinner plate and several bits of broken, colored porcelain. Ingenious.
This is a temple, richly decorated with porcelain to honor the god or gods. Westerners might consider it to be gaudy, but it is a work of art that required considerable thought, planning, and human toil. It has lasted centuries.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.