In 1946, George Orwell articulated the reasons why he put pen to paper in an essay entitled Why I Write.
In this Web series, authors talk about their literary habits and reading preferences,
and examine Orwell's question that lies at the heart of being an author—why they write.

Shamini Flint

Inspector Singh Investigates


Shamini Flint is the author of the popular Inspector Singh mystery series set in Singapore and other parts of Asia. The fifth Inspector Singh novel, A Curious Indian Cadaver, was released in 2012. She also writes children’s books with cultural and environmental themes.


Flint began her career in law in Malaysia and also worked at an international law firm in Singapore. She travelled extensively around Asia for her work, before resigning to be a stay-at-home mother, writer, part-time lecturer and environmental activist. Since she began writing six years ago her books have sold over 500,000 copies.


Why I write
Took it up by accident and discovered it was habit forming.


Do you write every day? If so, how many hours?
Every single day including weekends and public holidays if the kids let me get away with it.


Worst source of distraction?
American Idol.


Best source of inspiration?
American Idol – very few self doubts on that show!


How often do you get writers’ block / doubt your own ability?
Not that often but that’s only because I switch genre when things get hard.


Contemporary writer in any medium who you never miss?
Maureen Dowd in The New York Times.


Favorite Chinese writer?
Qiu Xialong.


Best book about China?
Wild Swans.


Favorite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird.


Favorite writer?
Jane Austen.


The book you should have read but haven’t?
Shantaram, but there’s still time.


You look back at the first thing you had published and think…
Perhaps I should have stuck with picture books…


Does writing change anything?
No, maybe, sometimes – I don’t know, but that’s not a good enough reason not to try.


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Posted on: March 7th, 2013 by JFK Miller No Comments