Amazon Author Interview
A Malaysian Abroad: Ten Batshit Crazy Years in the UK Hospitality Industry
Congratulations! Your book’s available to buy on the Amazon bookstore. How did you feel to see it there for the first time?
It felt absolutely amazing. This book was a long time in the making, with many stop/starts, and rewrites. To see it finally up is just something that makes me very happy.
Can you tell us about your book and why you wanted to write it?
In a nutshell, it is about the time I spent in the UK, working in the hospitality industry. Short stories that are funny, sad, and sometimes pretty unbelievable.
I read Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain when it was first released and absolutely loved it. I still have a copy. I thought to myself someone should write one from the front of house perspective. I guess the idea was planted in my head then.
Have you always been a writer / wanted to become an author?
I have spent a few years writing, mainly for magazines, and yes, I always did want to be one. Books are a lifeline for me, and I would rather read than watch telly.
What made you take that leap and publish your book?
I felt it was time. That the book was ready. I did have reservations, as it was a very personal journey, but figured it was now or never. Plus, I had you helping to make things so much simpler!
Have you any more books in the pipeline?
Ahhh, now that is a good question. I am already kind of thinking about A Malaysian Back Home, charting my continuing journey in the industry in Malaysia.
What advice would you offer other aspiring authors who are thinking of self-publishing?
To get in touch with you! Everyone has a book in them, and the first step is to start writing, Don’t worry about the flow and language etc. Get it down on paper. It can be tweaked later. Self-publishing is a much cheaper option than those offered by publishing houses, so go for it!
Thanks so much, Reuben!
Very best of luck with your book. It’s been a pleasure working with you and seeing your excellent book come to life.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Talk about a culture shock!
It’s 1998. The year that Google was founded, Viagra was approved by the FDA, France won the World Cup and Titanic won Best Picture at the 70th Academy Awards.
It’s also the year that 29-year-old Reuben Miranda bravely departed his (hot) home country of Malaysia with British wife ‘L’ to live and work in dear old (freezing cold) Blighty!
He has no idea how differently the British hospitality industry compares to his restaurant/hotel experiences in Singapore. Nor is he prepared for the colourful characters – the good, the bad, the lazy, AND the downright ugly – he meets during his regular 15-hour-plus shifts in busy hotels.
Reuben’s work family sadly become his only family in Britain when his extra long hours at work take their toll on his personal life. But his upbeat personality, resilience, and solid work ethic keep him on the right side of happy … most of the time.
Join him as he copes with the wonderful British seasons, LOTS of drunk party guests, sensitive fire alarms, and surreal duty manager shenanigans. And discover the darker side of working in the hospitality industry – from the overworked and underpaid staff to cruel customers who have no idea how to treat those intent on serving them.
Be prepared for laughter, fun, mischief, maybe a few tears and plenty of OMG moments as you journey through A Malaysian Abroad.
Get in touch today to see how I can help you make it a painless, enjoyable process.