Interview with author Steve Sailah, by Susan May, An Adenture in Words
How does your work differ from others in its genre?
My work combines crime, mystery and war. I link my fictional plots to the actual movements of a particular Australian Light Horse unit during the Great War.
Why do you write what you do?
I write what I like to read, and I mostly enjoy historical fiction. I had a particular connection with the Anzacs of Gallipoli, having interviewed some of them for the ABC in 1980 and returned to the battlefield with the aging veterans in 1990. Fiction allows me to imagine the emotions, experiences and dilemmas of young men who fought that war in a way that is relevant to today’s reader.
What is your writing process?
I get my usual distractions out of the way first – reading the newspaper, listening to morning radio, household chores, going to the gym, etc. — before meditating for half an hour on the day ahead. Then I sit down to the laptop and write or research for five or six hours.
What are you currently working on?
A sequel, part romance-part thriller, that moves the surviving characters of A Fatal Tide from the evacuation of Gallipoli to investigating a murder in Egypt during the ongoing war with the Ottoman Empire.
Something you may not know about me?
I enjoy motorcycling and being dragged along by my border collie Felix.
See the full interview by Susan May here...