About Tom


Tom McLaughlin is a man who has actually done what most of us only dream about – he’s followed his dream to the ends of the earth, found happiness and love and has now written a book about his exploits and some of the issues that are important to him. Borneo Tom – In Story and Sketch:  Love, Travel and Jungle Family in Tropical Asia isn’t a work of fiction or a memoir. Rather, it’s a humorous account of adventures and amazing insights into a part of the world that is sometimes misunderstood by the rest of us.

A freelance writer with a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Affairs and a B.A. in biology, Tom describes himself as “using his big mouth and pen to raise hell and write some humor.” At the same time, Tom uses his “big mouth and pen” to raise awareness of Borneo, its diverse population, unusual plant life and one-of-a-kind animals.

As a student at Salisbury University, Tom protested against the Viet Nam war and later joined the Peace Corps, migrated to Malaysia, became a science teacher and floundered around with various other pursuits until he said “the hell with it,” and moved to Borneo. The rest of Tom’s story, you’ll read about in Borneo Tom -  In Story and Sketch:  Love, Travel and Jungle Family in Tropical Asia. But, don’t get the idea that the book is a memoir. Tom writes in a humorous, yet informational manner, sure to draw in the reader with his factual account of life in Borneo and the insight he’s developed while living and interacting with its amazing culture.

Tom portrays Southeast Asia and the people who inhabit it much differently than mainstream media depicts them. He shares his insight into people of Islamic faith in an attempt to end the bigotry and prejudice that’s prevalent among those who just don’t understand or take the time to know better.

The orangutan is an important part of McLaughlin’s account of living in Borneo. Tom writes about the many efforts being made to save these intelligent and amazing creatures and has designated that a portion of the proceeds from sales of Borneo Tom- In Story and Sketch:  Love, Travel and Jungle Family in Tropical Asia will benefit this important cause.

Borneo Tom-  In Story and Sketch:  Love, Travel and Jungle Family in Tropical Asia, is a book for the times and readers will laugh, smile and be blown away by the adventures and the deep reverence of a land not so far away afterall.

It is also an insight into the culture and traditions of the people and the humorous attempts of an ex pat trying to fit into the society of this amazing archipelago.