Interview with Nicholas Snow, author of Malayan Enigma
Written by
Tracee Gleichner
September 2018
Written by
Tracee Gleichner
September 2018





Title: Malayan Enigma: An Andrew Bond WWII Adventure

Author: Nicholas Snow

Publisher: AuthorHouse UK

Genre: Military/History

Format: Ebook




Malaya, 1941 – a fool’s haven from the devastating war raging elsewhere in the world Sent to Singapore towards the end of 1941 to evaluate the intentions of the Japanese Empire, Lieutenant Andrew Bond finds himself embroiled in a series of events accelerating towards all-out war in the region. The city, a heady, exotic blend of cultures teeming with intrigue, is oblivious to what lies ahead. Facing betrayal, incompetence, Japanese spies, and the Yakuza underworld, Bond manages to gather a band of trustworthy companions, including the striking beauty Liu-Yang. In a desperate race against time, he must force his way through enemy-infested jungles and seas to bring home a device that will help change the course of the war – the Malayan Enigma!


How did you come up with the title of your book?

“Malayan Enigma” is a composition of the country where the action takes place, Malaya,  todays Malaisia, and the double sense of “Enigma” . enigma was the name of the German and Japanese encoding machine and the riddle, the main character, Andrew Bond, has to solve.

What is your writing environment like?

For academic work, my office in Athens. For novels, like “Malayan Enigma” my summer house on the Greek Aegean island of Spetsai, 100km’s from Athens. A beautiful island, with a lot of forest , many small mansions of the 18th century. An inspiring place to work, a bit like Ian Fleming’s house in Jamaica.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

For details, the Internet but for ground research, I still prefer books and to get the “feeling and the spirit” of the place, travel. I have traveled to Malaisia and Singapore traveled to Malaisia and Singapore for the book.

What inspires you to write?

Difficult to say, it may be very different things like seeing a beautiful landscape, a person, but also, in the case of historical spy novels like Malayan Enigma, having read the history and seen the places. The “spirit of history and place” is a strong inspiration.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?

Certainly, facts. But also, questions about myself to which I do not necessarily have the answer, such as : how would I react in case I was in my character’s situation? Would I be strong and clever enough ? how would I react to danger and to an almost desperate situation? Writing I believe is also a process of learning about yourself.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

Perseverance. And very methodic and disciplined due also to my academic German American studies. I have done my studies up to Ph.D. in Bonn University, Germany, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard and now professor of economics at the university of Piraeus. You have to be good at time management! Also, I try to help people who need my advice, students, etc and be open minded, ready (like my character Andrew Bond) to face new challenges!


Nicholas Snow is the pen name of Nicholas C. Kyriazis, who holds a diploma and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Bonn, Germany. He has acted as visiting professor at Harvard and at the University of Trier. He has worked as a consultant to the Directorate General of Research of the European Parliament, to the National Bank of Greece, and to the Ministries of National Economy and of Defence, and has served as secretary general of Public Administration. Professor of economics at the University of Thessaly, he is a member of the board of Alpha Trust Investment Fund (listed on the Athens Stock Exchange), vice president of Ergoman Telecommunications, and vice president of the Kostas Kyriazis Foundation. He has contributed more than sixty papers to academic journals and has published eight books on economics, history, and strategy as well as a volume of poetry. Poems of his have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Maltese. As a novelist, he has published eighteen books in Greece, several of which have been translated and published in English, including Themistocles (Kosbil Publications, 2004), The Shield (AuthorHouse, 2005), Assassins (AuthorHouse, 2007), and, in collaboration with Guy Féaux de la Croix, Last Love (Plato’s Last Love) (AuthorHouse, 2014).

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