Interview with Eleanor Nunis

Where did you grow up and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Western Malaya in a close knit family and community. I developed a love for reading from an early age and enjoyed story-telling and creating plays for my sibling and cousins. Writing short stories and poems were my favourite pastime and I drew my material from my early childhood experiences and environment.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in my final year at school, my class was asked to write an essay for a newspaper competition. The topic was, 'Is education important to lead a better life or to get a better job?"
I chose to write on, 'To Get A Better Job', submitted my entry and won a consolation prize. For the next competition, I wrote on another topic and won the first prize. This encouraged me to want to take up writing seriously.
What is the inspiration for your latest book?
Unsung Heroes is my personal tribute to my parents, grandparents and uncles. The sufferings they went through during the Second World War were sometimes unimaginable but their courage, sacrifices and their concern, not so much for themselvs but for their family and for the people who shared in their lives during that time, was admirable.
My main purpose is to keep alive the memories and stories of this incredible group of people for current and future generations.
When you are not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach a few children to play the piano and prepare them for music examinations. I am also active in my church and help train young pianists who join our choir. My husband and I enjoy having our family over, especially at the week-ends. They love our cooking, in particular, my curry puffs and my husband's chicken wings.
Is there a message you want readers to grasp?
In the mayhem of war, amidst the brutality and horror, Goodness, inherent in mankind, fleetinly shows itself, offering a glimpse of hope and succour, reflecting the Goodness of God.

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Tell us about the Cover?
The Cover was chosen to show the contrast between Nature's beauty and the ugliness of war. The beautiful sunset is marred by the barbed wire fence symbolising captivity and isolation.
Published 2017-06-23.
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Books by This Author

Unsung Heroes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,940. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
A family had to flee Singapore just days before it fell to the Japanese Army in World War II. Captured at sea, the women and children were interned, while their menfolk were sent to the infamous Thailand-Burma Death Railway. Amidst the brutality and horror, there were unexpected moments of kindness shown. This story is about the human spirit and how love and courage shine a light in the darkness.