Today’s interview is with Thomas Rupp, author of The Hell of Mumbai (A true story).
Please see it below!
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
I have no special author name, my name is Thomas Rupp, But you can call me Tom. I live in Sonthofen in Germany, that’s near the Lake Constance in the south of Germany. I’m from near Munich in Bavaria, that’s where the “Lederhosen,” the “Wiener Schnitzel,” the “Brezel,” and the “Oktoberfest” come from.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The title is “The Hell of Mumbai.” It’s a real life crime story. I was involved in a terrorist attack with my flight crew.
3) What is the book about?
It’s about the Mumbai Attacks of the year 2008. Maybe you know the Hollywood-Blockbuster “Hotel Mumbai.” It’s about the attacks which took place In the Taj Mahal Hotel in the November of 2008. I wasn’t in the Taj Hotel but in the Café Leopold, another hotspot of the attacks. That was the location where the attacks began. We were hiding under a table when the terrorists with their guns drew nearer and nearer. We could hear their steps from under the table. That was really breathtaking in the negative way. We were frightened to death!
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Writing a book in my traumatic situation was an effective way to heal my soul. And in fact it helped me to digest the terrible events.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I wrote only about four months on it because everything was still so fresh in my mind. Then I had my book corrected by a friend whom I had told my story before and who was very curious about the details I had left out when I told it to him immediately after my experiences in Mumbai.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, I have experienced how important it is to talk about things which really burden us.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I have a video about my film on www.youtube.com with the title: “The Hell of Mumbai.”
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
No, because I’m a self publisher, on www.amazon.com: Thomas Rupp, The Hell of Mumbai.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Yes, I would do this if anyone asked, of course. I was very grateful when my friend reviewed my work. It’s always helpful to have a second opinion from a literature expert for reviewing. I like criminal novels, science fiction, thrillers and novels from foreign countries like India or China.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
My favorite book of all time is the novel Clockwork Orange because Anthony Burgess uses such hilarious expressions and the story is so fresh and fascinating.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living from Dale Carnegie as a non-fiction book because it’s so optimistic.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Yes, we have an aquarium with platy fish. They are so small and therefore absolutely fascinating.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
Yes, I have a kindle reading advice. But normally I read ebooks on my IPad. I like reading ebooks very much because I don‘t know where to put my paperbacks and hardcovers any more!
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