How did you know you wanted to be an author?: Actually I did not particularly want to be an author. I just found a pressing reason to become one. Please see Synopsis
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: a. Define your purpose. b. Divide the theme into dot points. c. And then develop each dot point.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: Keep at it, once you have the material in your head.
What message do you want readers to remember?: If you have a theme and enough material to cover the theme, it is not so difficult to develop it into a book.