17 July, 2020 – Stirred by two significant journeys, one to Tibet and the other to Nepal, were the muses for Mark’s riveting novel. The trip to Tibet in 1986 was life changing. He discovered despite the authority of China that weighed so heavy, the spirituality of the Tibetan people was so powerfully intoxicating. The second part of the story came together on Mark’s forth trip to Nepal in 2018, where he met a family of Tibetan refugees who kindly explained that they have no citizenship in Nepal, neither for Tibet, and unable to apply for a passport or even a driver’s license. He learned they live very simply with little assistance. This seemed very unjust to Mark and when he asked the family if they would go back to Tibet if they could, would they? They eagerly said of course but cannot. Showing empathy for their situation, it was also at this moment the concept of Tibetan Spring burst in his head.
THE STORY OF TIBETAN SPRING
Tibetan Spring, published by White Falcon Publishing, is about two stories that come together into one. A young Chinese soldier Li completes Army training and approaches his high-level Chinese politburo father for a post in Lhasa, Tibet. It is granted and shortly after his arrival into Lhasa, he meets a beautiful Tibetan girl, Tenzin. They ultimately marry, and Li becomes the Secretary General of China, as Tenzin becomes first lady.
The pivotal character of the entire story is Yangchen, a precocious and energetic eighteen-year-old Tibetan refugee who lives with her family near Pokhara Nepal. Intrigued by her grandfather’s stories of his time in Tibet inspires Yangchen to go. She is given a smartphone for her eighteenth birthday and mobilizes a small crossing party via a Tibetan refugee website from Nepal to cross to Tibet over the treacherous Himalayas. It is then the epic of Tibetan Spring becomes one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TIBETAN SPRING is Mark’s third novel. The other two, OVERLAND and AMERICAN MAHARAJAH were published in 2011 and 2018. His stories are always loosely based on moments during his own travels to Asia. He makes Denver, Colorado his home.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
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