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Mementoes of Mai

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

As part of the Indie Writers Unite! blog tour, I have Helmy Kusuma in the studio today to talk about his book Mementoes of Mai.

Helmy Kusuma was born in Palembang, Indonesia. He spent 18 years there and went to Jakarta to continue his education. Having been working for IT industry for a decade, he decided to turn the tide and became a writer.

Helmy Kusuma has published two novellas: ‘Mementoes of Mai’ and ‘Cinta 3 Sisi’, a thriller short story, ‘There Is Hope’, and a collection of flash fiction, ‘A Flash of Inspiration’.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.

Mementoes of Mai is a fictionalized story of my decision to become a writer. I had been working in IT industry for a decade and suddenly a fork was presented to me, a fork that forced me to choose between love, passion or comfort. I didn’t choose the latter.

Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?

Absolutely love. Love has been the source of inspiration from old times and it will continue to do so. The profound subtlety of its meaning which give layers upon layers make love the perfect source of great story.

Q. How long did the book take you from start to finish?

I wrote most of Mementoes of Mai in two months and spent another two months on editing it.

Q. What surprised you the most about the book writing process?

Events tend to mold themselves around the characters and most of the times the characters demand different scenarios from the first ones I had in mind.

Q. Did you have any favorite experiences when writing your book?

It never cease to amaze me that I could write a certain event that made me laugh each time I read it.

Q. What do you hope your readers will gain from reading your book?

Understanding. I strive to depict as vividly as possible all events in my book so that readers could be personally involved and felt that those events were their own, thus giving them new perspective and understanding.

Q. What projects are you currently working on?

I am in the middle of writing my science fiction novel, Inverta, and in the process of formulating necessary seeds for my next romance novel. I don’t know which one of them would win my priority.

Q. Is writing your sole career? If not, what else do you do?

Beside writing, I do everything I can, legally, to gain money: export import business, retail business, freelancing, etc.

Q. Did you do any research for your books, or did you write from experience?

I mostly write from experience, but for my science fiction novel that would be near impossible, so a little research would be required.

Q. What can we look forward to in your next book?

Surprises, awesomeness and romantic moments.

Thanks for coming in!  You can find out more about Helmy Kusuma and his book Mementoes of Mai at the following links:

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A Flash of Inspiration


There Is Hope


Mementoes of Mai


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Arshad Ahsanuddin