Interview with Keith Lyons (ed) and various authors

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kobo, and use online Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth and building an email database of a potential audience
What's the story behind your latest book?
The idea for this book came in mid-2017, a few months after the sudden death of Bob Percival. When I was chatting with a mutual friend of Bob's, author San Lin Tun, I put out the idea of creating a book of memories to honour Bob. San Lin Tun was encouraging, and thought it would be a good idea.

“I know it is a big loss for you and for me,” wrote author and mutual friend San Lin Tun, "because whenever he was in Yangon almost every morning and evening we spent time together, having tea and going together to art events.”

Neither of us imagined how the project would snowball, to including more than two dozen contributors and over 40 items - stories, photos, poems and letters.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it easy to convert manuscripts to the required formats and distribute them to the platforms to make the book more accessible.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creation on the page - and the result, the words in the hands, eyes and minds of a reader.
What are you working on next?
A follow up to this book, which will be another travel memoir about Burma (Myanmar), from various contributors.
How did the concept for the book with many contributors come from?
It somehow seemed appropriate that we should remember the former Yangon resident, guide, historian and quirky Australian Bob with a book in his honour. And it seemed fitting to have contributions from many of the people who knew Bob, some who knew him closely, some professionally, some fleetingly.

Not only did it seem apt to have a variety of contributors, but also to have not just travel stories and essays, but photographs and poems, as well as reminisces and tributes.
Published 2018-02-28.
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Books by This Author

Opening up Hidden Burma: Journeys With - And Without - Author Dr Bob Percival
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,140. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 28, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests, Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
A unique anthology of insightful and quirky travel tales from enigmatic Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) spliced with heartfelt biography and loving reminiscences about Australian author, walking guide and Burmaphile Dr Bob Percival. "Above all else", writes Lucas Stewart, "this book poignantly reminds us all that even in the silent corners of the world, there are lives worth remembering."