Name: Graeme Simsion
Who is Graeme? Australian author born in New Zealand with love of a good story as well as information systems.
Books: The Rosie Project, Data Modeling: Theory and Practice, Data Modeling Essentials
Amazing surprises can happen on twitter. The connections you can build or find it just so overwhelming you can’t but smile. When I posted the review of The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion’s first novel (click here), I didn’t expect for the author himself to find my review and share it with his fans. It made my night. However, when asked for an interview, Simsion agreed and that placed me on cloud nine. So it is my esteem pleasure to provide this interview with Graeme Simsion to my readers in which he discusses his best selling book The Rosie Project. Enjoy
Before this debut book “The Rosie Project” you had released three technical books. What made you decide to enter the world of fiction?
Actually, just two technical books, though I did contribute to some others. In 1998 I read Joe Queenan’s book ‘The Unkindest Cut’ about making a low budget film. I was inspired to make my own. I adapted a story my wife had written and that led to me trying to write an original screenplay and so it went…
The Rosie Project is a very unique story. How did you come up with the idea? Most importantly how were you
able to create Don Tillman?
I worked in information technology and academia for many years – and originally studied physics. So I met a lot of Dons. The original story was inspired by a friend of mine who struggled to find a partner, but over five years it changed totally. I made up stuff!
How would you describe the success you’re receiving for your first novel?
It’s what I dreamed about and worked towards – but that doesn’t mean I expected it to happen. It’s been a huge surprise and I’m enjoying it – even getting up at 4am to catch flights to meet readers and booksellers. I’m delighted so many readers are enjoying the story and in so many cultures and languages – current translation count is 36.
The Rosie Project is being described as chick literature. How do you feel about that?
My only problem is that I don’t want men to be put off reading it. It’s a book with a male protagonist written by a male and men who actually pick it up and start reading generally keep reading and enjoy it. It’s also been described as “romance” and while I’d debate whether it’s genre romance (I don’t think so) if that gets it a wider audience then I’m not complaining. Overall the literary reception has been very good, so I don’t feel it’s been put down by any labels.
Finally, is it too soon to look for a new book?
Not at all! I’m working on a sequel that I’m expecting to be published late next year.
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