An Interview with Bali Rai


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
  • Doghnuts
  • 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.