with San Lin Tun:
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
San Lin: I started writing in 2000 and I switched to write in English in 2008 after I have attended a literary class in my native town, Yangon formerly known as Rangoon.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
San Lin: I really like V.S Naipaul, Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer, Pablo Neruda, George Orwell, etc.
Q3: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
San Lin: When I was in my middle school, I met a private English tuition teacher who became my inspiration to become a writer who writes in English.
Q4: Who has helped you most with writing?
San Lin: I have several friends and colleagues. Among them are late Dr Bob Percival who encouraged me much to write and our common friend Keith Lyons, a travel writer and editor. I need to mention several names of my closest friends who encouraged and supported me to become a writer.
Q5: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing & have any travels away from home influence your work?
San Lin: I grew up in the former capital of Myanmar (Burma) which is Yangon (Rangoon). The city I live in is a transit for international writers like Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, Pablo Neruda, George Orwell, Rabindranath Tagore, H.G Well, etc.
Q6: What do you consider your most meaningful work that you’ve done creatively so far to you?
San Lin: I think my recent novel “An English Writer” means a lot to me. It took me almost eight years to complete the novel. I tried to knit the lost pieces of the forgotten writer’s life through his writings and books and I tell the past history via his views and his stories.
Q7: Favorite activities to relax?
San Lin: Playing guitars and drawing cartoons.
Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem of yours or others?
San Lin: My favourite stanza is from “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Q9: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?
San Lin: I plan to publish my second poetry collection titled “Waves and Other Poems” as an ebook with Lulu.com. At the same time, I am working on my second novel titled “A Classroom for Mr.KT”.
My social account links-
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/san.lintun.12
Instagram – @sanlin855
San’s book will be available from – https://www.lulu.com/