BE: Given your prominence as one of the top English-language fiction writers in Asia, are you recognised by strangers when you go out?
Jake Needham: Yeah, that happens a lot when I’m in Asia, but I don’t think it has ever happened in the States.
I have decidedly mixed feelings about it when it does happen. It’s nice, of course, to be reminded that people have connected sufficiently with some book I’ve written that they want to say hello and tell me they enjoyed it. On the other hand, the persona of a novelist is a little like being a spy. You want to observe the world around you without being observed by it. And I always find myself wondering, for every person who recognises me and introduces himself, how many people recognise me and say nothing? It’s a little unnerving to think about it that way.
Do you mostly read eBooks or print books these days?
I read most fiction in electronic form and most nonfiction in print editions. Overall, I’d say I’m about fifty-fifty.
Jake, many thanks for taking the time to talk to the British Expat readers about your life and work. It’s been fascinating to have your insights about being a long term expat in South East Asia, and about being a successful novelist. We wish you all the best with your next book too.
For those who haven’t yet discovered Jake Needham’s novels, or indeed for fans who haven’t yet read all of them, here’s a selection for you to try. By the way, The Umbrella Man (the second in the Inspector Sam Tay series), is currently on a special promotion. But, what the heck, with eBook prices as they are, you might as well just get whatever you fancy.
Buy the books!
You can find Jake’s books in the Kindle Store:
Inspector Samuel Tay series
Jack Shepherd series
and the book that started it all off…
The Big Mango
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