Tom Vater is a writer mostly working in South Asia.
Tom Vater's first publication (barring a virtually forgotten past as editor of student magazines and part-time music critic for a German daily) was a full page spread on Nepali folk music in Nepal's biggest English language paper in 1997. Since then, he has never looked back.
Since 1999 Tom Vater has been a regular contributor for travel guide publishers Rough Guides (UK) and Reise Know How (Germany). Several documentary screenplays for German and French TV followed.
Tom specialises in writing travel features and investigating cultural, social, environmental and political trends and oddities; stories that take the reader on unfamiliar and sometimes challenging journeys across South Asia and the US. His articles have been published in magazines and newspapers around the world.
When he's not on the road, chasing a story, Tom writes both non-fiction and fiction books about Asia. His title 'Beyond The Pancake Trench - Road Tales from the Wild East', was published by Orchid Press (HK) in August 2004.
Tom's first novel,‘ The Devil's Road To Kathmandu ’ is to be published in early 2006 by Dragon's Mouth Press (HK). A book on Thailand's minorities will be published by Reise-Know-How in Germany in June 2006.