‘In the supermarket, in the video rental store, in McDonalds, schoolchildren would call out my name and say hello. It was very strange to feel so visible and conspicuous yet at the same time so culturally dislocated. ‘
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‘I wrote more to occupy my time and because writing was an activity suited to my hyperactive imagination and love of language, than to learn about Japan.’
Susan Barker speaks with Cherise Saywell about the international origins of her novels, the way her characters and storylines emerge organically as she writes and her experiences living in Japan and China.