What genre do you consider The Chicken Thief? There’s a lot going on in it and it seems at times to be comedic, romantic and political. Where would you place it in a book shop?
Did you include all of those elements consciously?
I liked your unflinching approach to race and gender in the novel. I particularly like it towards the end when Gabriel doesn’t want to travel in a foreign car, but acquiesces because the diplomat it belonged to was not white. Did you find it difficult to navigate these issues?
Alois seems quite lost with regard to women which I confess to finding a little frustrating. Is that really how young men think?
You quite pointedly did not name an African country for the story to be set in, can you explain that decision a little?
Ironically too, although it’s set in an African country, one of the political elements is based entirely on an Australian political event!
Finally, tell me a little bit about your favourite character to write – what makes him/her tick and why they’re your favourite. Or is that like asking you to name a favourite child?