Interview mit LovelyBooks, Mai 2011
Before I wrote I was an illustrator and I started to write short articles in order to get my cartoons published. My first full-length book came as a result of my work with trafficked children. I wanted the information I was receiving in reports to be seen by a wider audience. So I put all those depressing details in a novel.
Nobody really. I was and still am not much of a reader of fiction. There are moments in books that I admire but nobody I'd queue up to have sign my copy of their book for me .
I've been lucky in that I have boundless imagination. There are a number of stories waiting for me to put them on paper.
Mostly email. It's a really important process that reminds you there are results to all those lonely hours of writing.
Usually non-fiction and most often material connected to research for the books. I want to make up for all those years i didn't pay attention at school. My travel book at the moment (being on the road is a rare chance to read fiction) is Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase.
It was a magical moment. The box arrived in the post and I was in the staffroom with my colleagues when I opened it. I paraded around with it like a proud father with his new-born.
Don't plan how to spend the thousands you'll make from your first book before you've written it.
I have no choice but to nominate Dr. Siri. He got me where I am and is currently writing his books all by himself.
I'm working on the second book in the Jimm Juree series and it looks at the kidnapping and slavery of Burmese fishermen of the coasts of Thailand.
That people continue to pay good money to read them.