Now for a little bit about you. Can you tell us anything about your writing process?
The writing process flowed fairly naturally out of the research. They say that writing is mostly editing, which was certainly true in this case. Once I’d laid out the structure, much of my effort was spent crafting the language and making sure that the stories flowed naturally.
All writers have strange habits and things they do when they are writing. What are yours?
I did much of the writing in longhand on legal paper. Once I’d written most of it out, then I’d transfer it to the computer for editing and reworking.
You’ve had a fascinating career to date, can you tell us a bit more about that?
After college I worked for several years doing strategy consulting for technology companies for a firm in Boston. I’ve also worked for an internet start-up and in private equity, but I’ve always been fascinated by foreign policy and history.
Can you tell us a bit more about your time as an election monitor in countries like Armenia, Republic of Georgia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Azerbaijan?
It’s a remarkable experience. Each country is fascinating in its own way, and the people involved in the monitoring process are first-class professionals. Both the Balkans and the Caucuses have a rich history and a tumultuous past, and whatever the political situation, I’ve always been impressed by the warmth of their people. These are places where democracy is putting down fragile roots, and it’s wonderful to see how much it means to people who are experiencing it for the first time. It’s often imperfect, but it reminds me how precious things are that we often take for granted.
Do you think you would do such work in the future or will you focus on your writing now?
For now, I’m focused on the book tour.
How can people contact you or keep up with your activities in the future?
The best way to reach me is by contacting my publisher at Westholme Publishing. Their website is www.westholmepublishing.com.
Thank you for taking part in the interview Fredrick.
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