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Richard C. Morais has been a senior editor at Forbes for over twenty years and was once the magazine's European bureau chief. An American born in Portugal and raised in Switzerland, he was an actor before becoming a journalist, and is well connected in the media and film communities. A long time friend of the late Ismail Merchant, the venerable producer behind Merchant and Ivory Productions, he and Ismail Merchant used to enjoy lavish meals together and always dreamed of collaborating on a project that would join their shared love of food with Richard's desire to write and Ismail's film experience. The Hundred- Foot Journey, Richard C. Morais internationally best selling debut novel, was the result. †Buddhaland Brooklyn is Richard C. Morais's second novel.

Buddhaland Brooklyn is our Book of the Week. We are thrilled that†Richard C. Morais was able to join us today to answer a few questions.

Where do you write?

†In my small office in the flat, or in my mind, all day, when shopping, commuting, eatingÖ.

What got you started?

Acting. It was my first love. Writing became a way to be a character actor without needing a set, costume, lights and a director.

What are the occupational hazards of being a novelist?

A tendency, in real life conversations, to bend facts to make a story more entertaining.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

He Heard Voices

Which writer inspired you to write?

Gerald Durrell (My Family and Other Animals)

Why does writing matter?

It is through writing the sadness and ills of man are worked out.

Who is the most exciting writer today?

My friend, Kazuo Ishiguro.

What book would you not be seen dead with?

Buddhism for Dummies.

What is your greatest ambition?

To see one of my books up on the screen. And visit Australia/New Zealand.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

First find, then listen, to your unique voice.

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