Approximately how long did it take you to write the story?
6 months but with many revisions afterwards as I widened the scope and theme.
Where did you get the idea for this story from?
I worked as a speechwriter in Hong Kong and London for business and political leaders before I set out on my own. I wrote it in both London and Hong Kong. I was an ‘out’ gay man at work, and my Chinese partner came to the office to meet me sometimes. But what if I wasn’t out (many were and are not)? What would have happened? And what about all my women friends in the company? They were facing similar or related problems with the male hierarchy. A cross-cultural novel about there glass ceiling and the glass closet came to my mind – and I was the right one to write it.
Do you think Life experiences, research or just your imagination makes you a better a writer?
Imagination no.1, closely followed by life experiences.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Diving Right In.
If money was not an issue, what one thing would you love to do?
Fund an educational academy for aspiring young Asians that don’t have the money for college (and a scholarship for Asia-based writers at my Cambridge college)
If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?
I would love John Kander, the composer half of Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago etc), to see I made good and can write the novels he always said I could write when I was his occasional house guest in NYC in the 1970s-1980s. The other one
would be Charles Dickens, who wrote about all kinds of socially taboo subjects.