Amazon Author Interview
How to Deal with University the ‘Special’ Way
Congratulations, Trevor Rai! Your third book’s available to buy on the Amazon bookstore. How does it feel to see all of your books together?
It still feels amazing. Never in my wildest dreams did I envision seeing books written by me available for the public to buy.
Can you tell us about your books and why you wanted to write them?
Essentially, they are self-help ‘how-to’ books with advice backed up by real-life stories. I have a physical disability. The books, I hope, show that a disabled life can be normal, funny, and interesting at the same time.
The aim of the books is to entertain and be helpful. If my books help just one person, then it was worth my time and money.
Have you always been a writer/wanted to become an author?
I still don’t see myself as a writer. I write to relax. I have read books a lot better than mine. Some literature has left me spellbound for days. I feel like I have only just started my journey.
I did want to write a book from an early age. I recall contemplating what I wanted to do when I grew up. Apart from going to university, I wanted to write a book. I had absolutely no idea what about. It’s strange, but I still don’t feel that I have written the book I was destined to.
What made you take that leap and publish your book?
Covid. So many people were dying or falling seriously ill. I had a fear of leaving this world and no one knowing my story. I did submit my work to the classic publishers, but they were not interested. I have always used failure as a motivator. Rejection gave me the fire in my belly to take the big leap.
Have you any more books in the pipeline?
I must thank Michelle Emerson for giving me the idea and push on my next book. It’s based on my experiences as a disabled parent. It will be my last one. I cannot think of any other areas of my life that would be of interest.
What advice would you offer other aspiring authors who are thinking of self-publishing their books?
I failed my English Language exam four times! I secretly think I am a little dyslexic. My teenage children only speak to me if there is no food in the fridge. My wife sees me sitting at the dining table, typing away with a glass of whisky and has no idea what I am doing.
No one in my family knows I have published books. That includes my brother and sisters. I have made no profit from my writing. I don’t do it for the money. I do it because I like doing it. I am also encouraged by the five-star feedback I get from complete strangers. Give it a go, and if you are afraid of being ridiculed, then don’t use your real name (like me).
Thanks so much, Trevor!
Very best of luck! It’s been a pleasure working with you again and seeing your brilliant books come to life.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!
ABOUT THE BOOK
This isn’t your usual ‘off to uni’ memoir.
You’re a disabled British Indian from an old coal-mining town in the Midlands.
You’ve accepted an offer from the University of York (not Oxford or Cambridge, much to your father’s disappointment). But never mind, he’ll soon come around.
The film Educating Rita is your only reference point for uni life, and you have no clue what to expect. Thankfully, you realise pretty quickly that this is THE once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you’ve been waiting for. This is YOUR time to totally reinvent yourself and become a legend.
Student life is calling.
SEX, DRUGS and, of course, THE SMITHS!
You’re about to spend the best three years of your life creating memories and friendships that will last forever.
This funny, smutty and brutally honest book is for anyone with a disability who is pursuing higher education.
It’s also a walk down memory lane for those who want to know what university life was really like in the ’80s for a motley crew of happy-go-lucky students from working-class backgrounds.
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