It is dawn in the Gulf of Aden. Five Somali pirates are sneaking up the stern of a freighter, Calm Storm. They burst into the wheelhouse, pointing guns and shouting commands. They demand $3,000,000 ransom.
Faced with the loss of his beloved ship, Monsieur Chen, the owner of Calm Storm, pays the steep price. But, Monsieur Chen is no ordinary elderly Chinese French Canadian Buddhist gentleman. He decides to fight the pirates and to get his $3,000,000 right back again.
He turns into an action hero. He hires his old friend, General Lao, a mastermind of covert operations, and travels to Bosaso, Somali to battle the pirates on their own turf. With the help of one proud peacock, an undercover news reporter, two little girls, three spies and four supernatural beings, Monsieur Chen seriously rocks the boat of the Somali pirates in a most unforgettable way.
Although I have been drawing since toddlerhood, I decided to become a professional artist one day in a little café up the mountain hiking trail from my boarding school, TASIS, above Lugano, Switzerland. Sitting with several other students around the big table in the café, enjoying plates of sliced salami, strong cheeses and French bread, I watched a senior student sketching the scene in a drawing pad. From that moment, I wanted to be an artist, too. I was 14 years old. I attended UC Santa Cruz, graduating with a BA in Art, in 1981. It was in 2012, that I decided to write and illustrate a book worthy of being published. The result is Monsieur Chen and the Somali Pirates. I am working on my second illustrated book, The Day My Lofted Tennis Ball Landed Smack Dab in the Middle of a Dog Show.