Interview with Huw Francis. author of Mule Train - What's the story behind your latest book?
The inspiration for Mule Train came from an extended holiday I enjoyed in Pakistan many years ago. I travelled from Karachi, in the south of the country, to the Hindu Kush mountains in north, and then over the Khunjerab Pass to China.
The locations in the book are all places where I spent time, though the story woven around those locations is entirely fictitious. The plot line of drug smuggling and the use of unwilling drug mules came from the regular stories reported in the press of European and American travellers caught at airports with quantities of drugs, who then claimed they had been forced to carry the drugs by some unknown person. I built on those reports during conversations I had with a number of policemen I met when living in Hong Kong, to create Mule Train.
How long did it take you to write Mule Train?
A long time. I always wanted to write fiction, but over the years I wrote three non-fiction titles and working on these meant Mule Train was pushed to one side. In the end, I was probably working on Mule Train for well over 10 years.
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