1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? I live on the island of Singapore, a city-state nation that is a dynamic intersection of Southeast Asian cultures and globalism. Tiong Bahru is one of the few areas in Singapore which is conserved. Built and designed by the British, the estate is a collection of white Art Deco buildings and a food center which is known for its wet market and its great variety of cooked foods.The population of the estate is a mix of long-established locals (mainly Chinese), wealthy expats and local hipsters.
2. What is it about and whom do you believe us your targeted reader?
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? I have been inspired by Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck.That book is poetic, factual, historical, universal and intimate. I feel that I know the characters in Steinbeck's book and have lived amongst them. I am far from being a Steinbeck, but I do hope that readers of iatb feel that they have gained insights into the lives, history and culture of Tiong Bahru and Southeast Asia.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?The boundaries between self-publishing and traditional publishing will continue to be blurred."Hybrid" is an adjective we will be seeing more of in the book world. Small independent presses are given more opportunities to succeed and "fail better".Technology and social media will continue to lower the barriers to becoming a "bestselling author".
6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?