All right, so today I had a bit of a weird opportunity when Bali Rai, author of Killing Honour and Rani and Sukh, turned up at my school, so, naturally, I had to interview him. So, here is my interview.
Which of your books, if any, is your favorite?
Well, I can’t really choose, because as an author I’m supposed to love them all, but if you put a gun to my head and said “Tell me or you die” I would probably say Rani and Sukh.
Who do you look up to as an author?
I look up to Sue Townsend who wrote the Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole, because, as well as being a great author, she is also from Leicester, where I’m from, and that made me think that I too could be an author.
Have any of the things depicted in your books happened to you?
No, but some of these have happened to my extended family.
A lot of your books are based on controversial issues. What do you have to say about that?
I write them about controversial issues on purpose because these things actually happen all over the world and ignoring them is not going to do anything, so these issues really need to be discussed.
On a less serious note, what is the weirdest thing you have ever been asked by a fan?
Actually, now you mention it, someone actually did ask me once what color my underpants were.
Read. That is all I can say as when people ask me what my tips for young writers are because people will get nowhere if they don’t read. Reading is necessary for anyone who wants to be a writer.