Vebi Kosumi, migrated to the UK from Kosovo during the dissolution of former Yugoslavia. He has worked with asylum seekers and refugees since 2000. He is a board member of Asylum Aid, Migrant Resource Centre and Music in Detention. Vebi is currently an International Development Consultant and works with victims of human trafficking and modern slavery. Vebi completed Masters of Laws (LLM) in International Law with International Relations at the University of Kent. Academic publishing in Queen’s Political Review-Journal (May 2014). Vebi has published a book “Can Crimea Claim Secession and Accession to Russian Federation in Light of Kosovo’s Independence (2018).
NY Elite Interview with Author Vebi Kosumi
NY Elite: What projects are you currently working on?
Vebi Kosumi: I am currently working in Anti-Human trafficking and supporting victims of modern slavery.
NY Elite: What is this book about?
Vebi Kosumi: The book is titled “Can Crimea Claim Secession and Accession to Russian Federation in Light of Kosovo’s Independence?“. It examines Crimea’s case and its accession to Russian Federation (RF) in light of the Kosovar independence. It relies on academic sources including journals, archives from the Soviet Union, RF, Ukraine, Former Yugoslavia, Serbia and Kosovo, as well as current media sources in light of the continuing evolution of the Crimean situation.
NY Elite: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do?
Vebi Kosumi: I have a passion to help people and work with people in need. I am committed and persistent when I decide to work on any project.
NY Elite: What genre are your books?
Vebi Kosumi: International Law with International Relations, however, in the future I am thinking to write novels.
NY Elite: What draws you to this genre?
Vebi Kosumi: I have always been interested in International Law and International Relations, once I studied Master of Laws (LLM) I understood further the complexity of both disciplines. In 2014, I send an article to Queens Political Review journal in Belfast and I was surprised to have been selected and published, this gave me more motivation to continue publishing.
NY Elite: What are your biggest accomplishments thus far?
Vebi Kosumi: My biggest accomplishments I would say are that when I arrived in the UK I spoke very basic English and worked as a kitchen porter in a restaurant, from there I continue to develop myself and became a Director of an NGO. Furthermore, at my mature age I decided to study for Masters of Laws (LLM) without having gone to an English course or school and that culminated in publishing in an academic journal and now publishing the book. My biggest ever achievement is having my son Albi and getting so well together.
NY Elite: What is your writing process like?
Vebi Kosumi: A contrary to most academic writers who take notes either in writing or in electronic form, I do not take any notes except for using post-it notes or stickers to the pages and I just write. Obviously, that would be the first stage of writing as any writer would tell you that the first draft would change so many times to the completed work ready for publishing.
NY Elite: What three social topics/theme do you care mostly about and why?
Vebi Kosumi: Support for migrants, the world has enough money that no one should be hungry, thirsty or without shelter, wealth imbalance in the UK.
NY Elite: What are your top three favorite books/scripts?
Vebi Kosumi: One of the last books I read is “Catch me if You can” a movie based on the life of Frank Abagnale etc.
NY Elite: As a writer, what is the most important aspect of building a character?
Vebi Kosumi: My writing is not about characters, however, there are real-life people who have an influence on the topics I write about.
NY Elite: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Vebi Kosumi: I am planning to write a novel at the later stage.
NY Elite: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Vebi Kosumi: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Daniel Craig.
NY Elite: Do you express yourself creatively in any other ways?
Vebi Kosumi: Not in so many ways, I am a very practical person.
NY Elite: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Vebi Kosumi: There is no magic way of writing, if you passionate enough and care about what you are writing then you will write.
NY Elite: How do you market your books?
Vebi Kosumi: Social media, press release, book launches, friends etc. for example simple posting of my book in Linkedin it has been seen by over 3000 people.
NY Elite: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Vebi Kosumi: Believe in yourself when you find it most difficult to write, take brakes if you need to but do not lose the focus.
NY Elite: What can we expect from you in 2018?
Vebi Kosumi: Continuing to work in anti-human trafficking and modern slavery and continuing my voluntary work as a board member for two charities. I am not planning at near future to publish another book.