Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Author Interview – John H.T. Francis @JohnHTFrancis

Are there any books you really don’t enjoy?

I abhor naïve sensationalism and shallow entertainment.

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

Essays, the genre in which I have written Reflections on Fundamental Matters. I find it to be the clearest way of communicating and articulating ideas and thoughts.

How did you come up with the title?

I wanted a title that portrays a serene description of the content of the work, but at the same time something not difficult to remember and somehow timeless. I also wanted to hint in the title to the types of readers who might be interested in this particular work. Hence a title in two parts: Reflections on Fundamental Matters, Not for the Satisfied Mind.

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?

Of course first and foremost I have realized the dream of becoming a writer, but also the dream of being able to contribute to the world of thought in a lasting manner. There is something deeply satisfying for me in leaving behind a long-lasting work. And not just any work but rather something of which I am particularly proud.

What makes you angry?

I guess like everybody there are some things that tick me off quite a bit. But particularly, top of that list is Hypocrisy. I cannot stand when someone is claiming something while you can perceive that he/she has actually something else in mind, someone criticizing a lot other people without bothering to look at his/her own behavior, or someone carrying a  certain intransigent facade while acting differently under cover. There are not only individuals that are more hypocritical than others, but I think there are also particular groups or sections of societies that are generally more hypocritical than others.

Do you find it hard to share your work?

The difficulty is not in sharing the work; we live in a world where communication is much easier than before. What is hard is to get people to pay the right amount of attention to the work or to focus on it, as there are so many distractions nowadays and people are more focused on the easy and immediate.

Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you?

There are a few, not that many to be honest. I think the key issue is that for most people in the book industry, it is just a business, they are there to make money, as much and as easily as possible. This is understandable as most make their livelihood from it. But this is not the reason why most writers write, nor should it be the prime and only objective of books.


Addressing important questions that have been discussed across many times and cultures, this essay, written in a simple style, seeks to awaken you from the slumber of intellectual complacency. Author John H.T. Francis presents a multi-disciplinary look at prevalent interpretations and fundamental questions of human interest. He tackles many of humanity’s most important and difficult topics, drawing on many fields of knowledge and action, including science, philosophy, sociology, economics, politics, anthropology, and psychology. This study explores history, knowledge, the human mind and psyche, the nature of existence, the phenomenon of life, socio-economic and political dynamics, ethics, religions, and several current, pressing individual and collective challenges. It provides elements of answers and attempts to position subjects of general importance under a new light. Universal in his approach, Francis reaches out to those who are interested in delving deeper into the human understanding.

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Genre - Philosophy, Non-Fiction

Rating – G

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