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Interview with Suthep Srikureja, Author of The Traveler

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Suthep Srikureja lives in Bangkok with his wife and three children. An entrepreneur and a writer, he can often be found immersed in various bodies of water. The Traveler is his first book.


You can find out about Suthep and his book at http://www.mettavisions.com


If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m very happy with how The Traveler turned out. I wouldn’t change a thing.


Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
There’s this deep … something. Not sure what I can call it. Maybe a desire to express, a desire to create something. With love.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The most challenging part for me is to actually sit down and start to write. That and some days when the story just refuses to move forward.


Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Neil Gaiman. His words and stories dance on that thin blade between the ordinary and the strange.


What was the hardest part of writing your book? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
The hardest part of the book was to simply allow the book to create itself rather than try to force it to be a certain way. You know your story wants to exist as badly as you want it to and you simply have to let go a lot of times.


The Traveler is my first published work and it is only now that I am realizing that maybe I should do more of this.


How long does it take you to write a book?
For The Traveler, it is a very short poem so I did it in one sitting. But for my other stories it varies. A short story sometimes is written over a weekend but a longer one or a book can take a few months to a year.


What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I’m not really that disciplined but I work well at night. Generally after the kids are in bed. A couple of hours or as long as it takes.


What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I refuse to talk about the story until it is done.


How do books get published?
With a lot of persistence and positive confidence.


Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
From life, from people, from events, from my mind, from pictures. There are stories all around us.


When did you write your first book and how old were you?
The Traveler is my first published book. I am 43.


I’m running a couple of businesses so that takes up a fair amount of time. My free moments are generally spent with my family.


What does your family think of your writing?
I’m so grateful for their support. I would never have reached this point without their constant encouragement.


What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That It does not end with the writing and giving it to the publisher. There’s much more work to stll be done after that I have had to depend on many wonderful and talented people to get my work out there in its final form.


How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
The Traveler is my first book. I have another two books in the pipeline. Both are a collection of short stories. One for adults and one for children.


Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Well, I have just started out … but yes, there are some comments: “Nice” , “Short”, “Beautiful”, “… but what genre would this book belong to?”, “… expensive” and “… I just don’t get it .”


About The Traveler


Written by Suthep Srikureja while listening to the music of the waves and stunningly illustrated by Denys Blacker, The Traveler is about Dreams and Wishes … it’s about Expressions and Wonder and about Hope and Trust.


It is a Story of the Stars and it seeks to inspire awe in our everyday existence and optimism about the future


 



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