3-minute interview with Khaled Hosseini

The Afghan author, a graduate of San Jose’s Independence High School and Santa Clara University, is the author of the best sellers “The Kite Runner,” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” “Kite Runner,” his first novel, has been adapted into an upcoming film. He is speaking with Caille Millner at the Herbst Theatre on Thursday. Tickets and information are available through City Arts, www.cityboxoffice.com or by calling (415) 392-4400.

What is it like seeing something you wrote translated onto the screen? It’s very surreal to watch your creation reproduced on the screen, but it’s been an honor, especially with the caliber of the people involved.

Ever thought about writing something other than novels? Screenplays? I’m open to anything. The writing of the second novel was such an all-consuming process, and when it was released I traveled quite a bit, and I’ve been traveling in some form since then. But I’m open to any idea, any notion.

Your second book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” is a bestseller. How does it feel to have avoided the sophomore slump? Writing a second novel is much more difficult. I had chosen a storyline that was much more complex. The story spanned 30 years and it was a woman’s story so I had to be very careful to make sure that I had the correct characterizations.

If you could be any sort of breakfast pastry, what kind of breakfast pastry would you chose to be? I would like to be a pain au chocolate, the French chocolate croissant, I had one of those guys everyday while walking to school in Paris and they’re the best in the world.

jgoldman@examiner.com


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