Good afternoon Mr Rai thank you for coming to our academy.
1. Who inspired you to become an author?
- Roald Dahl & Sue Townsend. She was my role model. We became friends and she was a big influence in my life.
2. Who did you get your ideas from?
- Every author that I have ever read. I also get ideas from watching films and reading poems. I get ideas from people that I talk to.
3. What advice would you give someone if they wanted to be an author?
- Practice your writing everyday for 10 – 15 mins. Learn from published authors and read different genres.
4. What age did you write your first book/what was it?
- Unarranged Marriage was the first book that I wrote. In was 29 years old and it took three years to write. it took a long time to write.
5. What is your favourite book and why?
- I don’t really have a favourite book. It’s a really hard question. It depends on my mood. As a child my favourite book was James and the Giant Peach.
6. What is your favourite genre?
- Real life, Crime Fiction and Gritty stories
7. Why did you choose this route?
- I was thinking of being a Journalist (Political or Sports). I knew an agent’s daughter and I passed my work on to her.
8. What is your favourite quote from your books?
- On my turban innit!
9. What made you write books about Soccer Squad?
- My editor forced me to write the books. I wanted to write about girls playing football.
10. What is your favourite food?
- Spicy and hot fried chicken
- Fruit pastille lollies
- Pepperoni Pizza
- Savoury Food
11. What university did you go to?
- Southbank University in London. It’s near the Elephant and Castle.
12. How many awards have you won?
- I don’t know. Lots. Nearly all my books have won at least one award.
13. How long have you been writing for?
- I was 27 when I signed my first contract. That was just under 20 years ago.
14. What is your favourite sporting/non sporting hobby?
- Football and cooking. I love travelling and listening to vinyl records.
Thank you for answering all of our questions. It has been a pleasure interviewing you.