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Monday, September 2, 2013

Author Interview – Dana Hui Lim

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? I am new to this, but writing such a personal book was very difficult. I had shut away a lot of memories and had to drag each one out into the light and examine it minutely. The process of writing brought those images to the forefront of my mind, and I shed a lot of tears along the way. I still do even now as I write this.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? My family is supportive, although some of them don’t want to read the book because they know it will be a painful reminder. My friends have all been enthusiastic, although I was always wary that a gushing review from people I know might not match what a stranger will think.

What other jobs have you had in your life? I started working as a cleaner and fruit picker soon after arriving in Australia. I knew that I would have to get an education in order to do anything else, so I first started school in the last term of Year 10 with very little English. I completed high school and a university degree, and then began work with the Australian Public Service.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Other than Canberra, Chang Mai in Thailand is the place to be. The people are nice, the weather is great, the food is even better and the Sunday night market is quite simply epic. The first time I was there was the day of the Tsunami, but Chang Mai is far inland and so I knew nothing about it until that night.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Mostly on a desktop PC, but lately on a laptop.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? My partner for the idea, my publisher and editor for their support, and my mother and brother Khay for keeping me alive.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Mohammad, Buddha, Jesus, Thor and Ganesh, so they could figure it all out once and for all. Seriously though, I’d have Bill and Hillary Clinton, Warren Buffet, my father and my sister Bouy.

Mother and Tiger

In 1969 the small Asian nation of Cambodia was under attack: first by US bombers as the Vietnam war spilled over the border, and then by the Khmer Rouge as they began their brutal reign of terror. Under the rule of Pol Pot, ordinary city folk were driven from their homes and banished to labour camps that eventually saw two million people die. Darkness descended and “Year Zero” had begun.

Mother and the Tiger is the story of one small girl, who struggled to survive one of the most ruthless regimes in human history. Six-year-old Hui Lim was trapped by the madness around her and cast into a seemingly endless nightmare. Her family was cursed as a member of a hated ethnic minority and targeted by the murderous Khmer Rouge. To survive where so many others died, Hui had to tap an inner strength that she never knew she possessed. Despite her youth she was determined to find her scattered family, no matter the odds.

Her memoir of that brutal regime proves that even amidst the blackest depths of human depravity, hope can endure.

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Genre – Memoir

Rating – PG13

More details about the author

Connect with Dana Hui Lim on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads

Website http://odysseybooks.com.au/


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