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The virtue of simplicity

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 25 2010   /  01:32 pm

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?Inspiration comes from various places and situations. Obsesi, for example, is taken from my friend’s experience with her ex, whereas Balada Ching-Ching comes from something that I know happened in real life — a friend’s experience. I have to say the only short story spun out of nowhere is Apa Yang Kamu Lihat di Kartuku, Sayang?[* Maggie’s favorite in the collection]Which characters in these stories fit you?I have to say, all of the main characters do. I always think of what I would do or how I would react if I were each of them, facing those specific circumstances.Tell us about your previous release, Homecoming, and were there any stories you wrote specifically for Balada Ching-Ching?Homecoming comprises five stories written in English, and was released independently in 2006. The printing was done by a friend. We printed only 1,000 co...