MN: It’s an anthology of stories written by expats who have lived, or are still living, in Kazakhstan. It’s a way to get to know this interesting country, to understand its essence, through the eyes of 24 authors from 11 countries.
EB: Why did you write it?
MN: I lived in Kazakhstan for several years. I was so fascinated by the country that I decided to create a collection of stories by expats on it.
EB: Why do you think your book needed to be written?
MN: This is the book I wanted to read before leaving for Kazakhstan (unfortunately it hadn’t been written yet). I hope it will help new expats arriving in the country. Having the right information on a place mean you spend less time adapting and it helps to maximize the enrichment that comes from knowing that place more deeply.
EB: Who do you think will read your book? Or who would you like to read your book?
MN: Everyone interested in knowing more about the country.
EB: How did you choose your publisher and publishing method? Why did you decide to go down this route?
MN: It was a natural consequence: during a conference I shared my idea with a special woman who happened to be a publisher.
EB: What was your biggest challenge regarding the writing of your book? How have you overcome that?
MN: Maintaining the commitment to work on the realization of the book despite the commitments of mom, wife and work.
EB: Now you have written this book, what has writing it done for you, your family, your self-esteem or your business?
MN: For me it means closing a chapter in my life and celebrating in the best way possible my experience in Kazakhstan.
EB: If you were to give advice to someone else who is thinking about putting together an anthology, what would be your number one tip?
MN: Do it! It is not easy, but if you let yourself be inspired by the enthusiasm of your fellow adventurers you can achieve something to be proud of.
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