Interview with Khaleel Datay

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cape Town South Africa. Having come through the worst years of apartheid and seeing this country blossom into a democracy has had a profound effect on my life. There can be no denying that we are shaped by our experiences when we grow up and it therefore comes as no surprise that I write about racial conflict and political intrigue.
When did you first start writing?
About three years ago. I'd just exited from a long term business partnership to devote more of my time to those things that you never get around to doing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first book ended with an unresolved matter that was always screaming for a book 2. Vengeance is probably the main theme and whereas most of the first book played out in India, book 2 is almost exclusively based in South Africa. This has provided me with an opportunity to address some of the huge challenges facing our young democracy. Things like corruption in the public service, the growing power of organized crime and the yoke of racial conflict still firmly rooted in our society.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The traditional publishing process is such a long and drawn out one that didn't sit well with me. I came from a business environment where everything worked based on efficiency and the need to save time. Of course this didn't mean that I could bypass the process of proper editing, formatting, etc. The importance of producing a quality product worthy of consumption was always paramount for me. You only get one chance, right?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The Smashwords business model is simple and focused on the writer as a business partner in a lot of ways. If the writer does well, Smashwords does well. The ease of becoming published via their platform was simply fantastic.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When you've written something and put everything into it and the reader gets it. When someone sends you a note and says to you, "I couldn't put your book down" it leaves you with that great warm and fuzzy feeling.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They are my audience. I have to listen to them and give them what they want. As a writer you write about the things that you find interesting, fascinating, frustrating etc. Some things get you going and there are people out there who share what you feel. Naturally as writers we don't always get it right. One of my readers was so good at pointing out my bloopers that I've gained a super beta reader for my future books.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Ludlum
John Le Carre
Len Deighton
Paul Sussman
Barry Eisler
Nelson De Mille
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that there's so much to do and constantly feeling like I wouldn't have enough time to do it. Having only started writing three years ago, I feel like I'm 20 years behind the curve.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My business consultancy keeps me really busy but hopefully I'll be able to start writing full-time in a few short years. Training in martial arts and painting in oils and acrylics keeps me out of trouble as well.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My business consultancy keeps me really busy but hopefully I'll be able to start writing full-time in a few short years. Training in martial arts and painting in oils and acrylics keeps me out of trouble as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I tend to drift into a bookshop, and when I find an author I really like, I download works onto my kindle. Although I will always be a lifelong fan of paperbacks, the ease of buying a book online and reading it on an e-device has completely changed my reading patterns. I figured there would be many others who thought the same way and published my novel exclusively as an e-book.
Published 2013-09-19.
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Books by This Author

To Kill A Spy
Price: Free! Words: 104,510. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
From the author of The Winter Deception, comes a new Espionage Thriller in the Nick Winter Spy Thriller series, Nick Winter, former soldier and British Intelligence consultant, was beaten, tortured, and left for dead in Mumbai, by Sunil Chandrasekhar, rogue spy – turned arms dealer, Worse, were the horrors they did to beautiful Jasminder Singh,
The Winter Deception ( A Nick Winter Spy Thriller)
Price: Free! Words: 100,670. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: June 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
A cell phone trader is killed on a steamy Friday night in Mumbai. A beautiful tennis star is brutally attacked and tortured in Cape Town. And someone is out to kill Winter with a deadly Sikh cultural weapon. Sent to India to find an Al Qaeda terrorist, Winter looked forward to an easy payday, short skirts at the tennis, and international cricket. Introducing Nick Winter, former MI6 consultant.