Interview with Jaap Vogel

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Barendje en het Hongaartje", translated as "Little Brend and the young Hungarian". A childrens' book of the later fifties, about a young Hungarian boy who left Hungary after the Russian invasion in 1956, seeking, and receiving, refuge in The Netherlands. He became friends with a Dutch boy and it enriched both their lives.
When did you first start writing?
The first text I have written and preserved, is a description about the assassination of president Kennedy; I had just turned nine. One sentence reads: 'As you might know Kennedy is (was) the president of the United States". I still like the 'might' and the '(was)'.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Travelling through Outback Australia. Fulltime on the road. Photography and reading about Aboriginal issues.
Describe your desk
60 centimetres wide, thirty deep. Space is limited in a bus. The view over my laptop: red soil. Often different red soil... living in a bus means a nomadic life. Wow!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Writing good books an articles. The right, honest, reliable content is the 'secret' to become a successful non-fiction writer. It has helped me through my entire life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After travels to the outback over a period well over twenty years I still did not understand the essence of the problems with the Aboriginal people. Now, living fulltime on the road, the opportunity was there to spend time to visit the Outback in search of what lies under the surface. Which is that invisible force that stops solutions? Simple one liners like 'laziness', 'alcoholism', 'wasted money' don't provide insight. This last journey resulted in Wake Up Time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It has been my life long profession for a good reason: nothing beats it. Writing, non-fiction, is the most exciting thing for me to do. Especially when the topics relate to human, society and injustice.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love science.... Einstein and so make bed-side literature. I acknowledge that it is a deformation, but that is how it is.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Very thoroughly use search words. Reading mainly non-fiction that is a perfect way.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. And love. Both are very precious and vulnerable. No day to waste!
Published 2014-07-11.
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Books by This Author

Wake Up Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,170. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Discrimination & Race Relations, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Wake Up Time is the, often very graphic and anecdotal, story of a personal journey through remote areas of Australia’s Outback. In addition it offers an analysis of the confronting, sad, scary and puzzling situations of Indigenous Australians in remote communities. It seeks answers to the question why billions of dollars have not solved this humanitarian problem.