Bem Le Hunte is as cross-cultural as her novel: she was born in India to an Indian mother and English father, grew up in England and, after emigrating to Australia ten years ago, is now an Australian by choice. Her family was the ABC?s choice for the ?Sylvania Waters? real-life TV drama, but the BBC thought differently. An anthropologist turned advertising copywriter, Bem has also worked in the music industry and for Indian Television before turning her hand to fiction.
This biography was last updated on 01/24/2011.
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An Interview with Bem Le Hunte
How do you compare yourself to other writers writing about the India experience?
I don't. I feel as if my writing has more Latin American influences, if anything. I love so much of the writing that is coming through writers of Indian descent, but I feel I am a product of my own experience, which is not geographically expressed. I don't intend to write only about India in the future. Neither did I ever intend my book to be some kind of an ethnic experience. Actually, it isn't a typically Indian story, and I don't write in an Indian voice. Nonetheless, India is a huge inspiration for me. When I'm there I'm saturated with the color, smell and personality of the land and I feel as if absolutely anything could happen. India is truly the country of the unexpected, and from a writer's point of view, it is rich with possibilities. Also, the spirituality of the people has always touched me, although Indians nowadays like to believe that they are not a spiritual nation, but an industrial superpower!
How would you describe the experience of writing?
It's a feeling of being connected, on a deep level, to a part of your self ...
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