BRIAN SHEEHAN lives half his life in a quiet mountainside home in the Catskills, and when the weather turns Arctic, he spends the other half abroad in Southeast Asia. In his youth, he was a lay practitioner in a Tibetan monastery, sleeping in a tent on the side of Mead’s Mountain until a vicious attack by ground bees chased him down the mountain and he finally earned an inside room, and more importantly, indoor plumbing.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bard College where his first novel was awarded Honors distinction, a Masters from Rockefeller Institute of Public Affairs and Policy, and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law. He has worked in the fields of Human Rights, Environmental Advocacy, and Public Relations, as well as the New York State Senate. Finding little satisfaction, he began traveling and writing again.

He was recently engaged to a Khmer firecracker, and they often traveled deep, deep into Cambodia, usually to some two-day ritualistic wedding or sometimes an all-night birthday bash in the jungle. He can also sometimes be found wandering around Vietnam, sitting with his laptop in a coffee shop off Dong Khoi Street in Saigon. He enjoys egg coffee and listening to strange stories. And he doesn’t care if you’re full of beans so long as the story is intriguing and well told. He’s got his own stories, to be sure.