The Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged in The Next Big Thing by fellow writer Moira McPartlin. Her first novel, The Incomers, was shortlisted for The Saltire Society First Book of the Year 2012. I read the Incomers and thoroughly enjoyed it. It brought back many memories of me coming to Britain for the first time.

When I was tagged I didn’t know what NBT was about. Moira explained that it was a great way to connect with other bloggers and writers. So I thought I’d have a go at it.

I’m asked by Moira to tell you all about my next book by answering these questions and then I tag some other authors to talk about their Next Big Thing.


What is the working title of your next book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?

The first ever idea came to me when our son Billy was in the intensive care unit in a hospital a few days before he passed away. I was watching him and I had this urge and determination to stand up for all the struggles we went through to make him better and healthier. He was a little hero in his mother’s eyes.

After he passed away I started writing this blog for and to Billy. 

What genre does your book fall under?

Non-fiction. Memoir.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ewan Mcgregor

Ewan Mcgregor
Photo: Nicogenin

I often joke with my husband that his role would be played by Ewan McGregor. He teases me suggesting David Tennant or James McAvoy.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Uuganaa, who grew up in a yurt living a nomadic life eating marmot meat and distilling vodka from yogurt in Mongolia ends up in Britain and gives birth to a disabled son who becomes a symbol of union and disunion; cultures and complexity; stigmas and prejudices; and religions and superstitions.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’ve got a publisher (Yeah!) and in the process of finding an agent.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A couple of years.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

There are many themes going on.  I suppose it is a combination of The Good Women Of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran (2003,) Hearing Birds Fly By: A Year In A Mongolian Village by Louisa Waugh (2003) and Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (2007.)

Who or What inspired you to write this book?


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Although the book sounds dark, I hope that my childhood and journey to Britain is an entertaining read. I think the adventure story mixed with the controversial title Mongol with a double meaning will attract readers.


Here are some fab authors I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing …

Sue lives in Glasgow. She is the author of Mavis’s Shoe, a novel about the Clydebank Blitz. She also writes plays, poetry, short stories, runs writing workshops and edits other people’s work.

Michael Malone

Michael lives in Ayrshire. He is the author of crime novel Blood Tears and non-fiction book Carnegie’s Call. Michael’s blog May Contain Nuts is full of interesting posts including interviews with authors.

Vikki Gemmell

She is a Scottish writer of short stories and novels. Vikki loves art and film too. We have known each other since we did our postgraduate degree together in 2006. Vikki’s young adult novel won a trophy from the Scottish Association of Writers’ Conference. She writes her blog Through The Looking Glass on her creative world.


She is Mexican-Irish-French and speaks English, Spanish,  French, Papiamentu, and Dutch. Guilie lives on a 150K-inhabitant island called Antilles, Netherlands. Her blog Quiet Laughter is a great blog with rich cross cultural content and extremely well organised and kept entries.

Sue Uden

Sue lives in West Sussex and writes her blog A Writer’s Life. She has published some freelance articles and short stories. Her novel Dear Dee is a work of fiction founded on some very large chunks of fact.  Some of the characters are heavily based on real people and some are totally fictitious.



Carnegie’s Call

I’ve been reading a book called ‘Carnegie’s Call’ by Michael Malone. Michael is from our writers’ club and this is his second book. The book is just out. I have to say I was looking forward to this book as I heard that this one was non-fiction and about successful people. I love reading about successful people. I know success is a strange word. It means different things for different people. While reading this book, I felt inspired and motivated to reach my goals and even started doing the exercises in the book. When I was in Mongolia, I knew Dale Carnegie’s books. I trained myself to be confident using his techniques. So I know I can change myself using certain mental attitude and affirmations.

Michael’s book is about Scottish people mostly, but I think it’s about everyone. It doesn’t matter where you are from people have similar life experiences. This Carnegie was born in Scotland and lived a successful life between countries including US and UK.

I look up to Michael now. When I was reading this book I realised this book can be used for coaching and mentoring people in all ages. I was impressed by the little stories in the book which enriched and reinforced the messages he was delivering. He didn’t just write his interviews with these inspiring people, he made it easier for the reader to see how these people made their success and make you as a reader feel you too can do what you want to achieve in life.

So I close my eyes and see myself in 60 years time … people know the word Mongol only as Mongolian national … they remember this little boy who changed attitude and made many accepted in society… he only lived for three months. Everyone knew who he was.


Another Award!

Yes, I ‘met’ some wonderful people online through blogging, Twitter and Facebook. I apologise to who gave me this fantastic award for my blog. It has been a few months since I was given the award. I went to Mongolia and just back. I want to say thank you to for the award.

So. Kreativ Blogger award. There are rules. The first, most important, is to thank my awarders and link to them. Then I must answer these ten questions:

What’s your favorite song?

Oh there are so many. It depends on many things, mainly time. If I have to choose one… then it must be ‘All This Time’ sang by Maria Mena. I could listen to it again and again. Beautiful voice and music.

What’s your favorite dessert?
Ahh, I love desserts. I’ll have to go for sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and a cup of tea! So rich and the mixture of hot and cold. Yummm…

What ticks you off?
Women who nag about their partner’s drinks.

What do you do when you’re upset?
Mmm… it depends. I like listening to music that reflects my mood.

Which is your favorite pet?
Ark – my parents’ dog. The one and only pet I was close to I guess. He was 14 when he died and my mother used to treat him like a baby.

Which do you prefer, black or white?
Ha … I don’t want to say ‘it depends’ again, but I always wanted a long black car. That changed after Billy’s funeral. Now, that kind of cars remind me of sad times. I like white furniture and white clothes.

What’s your biggest fear?
To lose my parents without having a chance to look after them even for a day.

What’s your attitude, mostly?
Recently, one of my close friends gave me a cup said: ‘Och wheesht and get oan wae it.’ Basically, it says ‘Oh, shut up and get on with it.’ in Scots language. I think she knows me!

What is perfection?
New born babies.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Enrique Iglisias songs

I also need to provide ten random facts about myself:

1   I grew up in a ger. (yurt)

2   I can make vodka from yogurt.
3   I can make yogurt from milk.

4   I hate it when people mix different languages in the same sentence. I try not to mix Mongolian and English.

5   The the the articles in English language are my enemies. I could destroy them and live happily after ever. I’m never sure when I’m using them right.

6   When I speak I still mix up my W and V. It’s wery vet etc.

7   My dream place I want to visit is Rome. Since I was little, I always wanted to go there. I know very little about Italian culture and I would love to explore more about their food. (I know, I love my food.)

8   My Mongolian blog posts are different from my English ones. When I write in Mongolian I feel bare. Therefore, it seems to have no personal posts, mostly general articles.

9  I can make noodles. ( I know it’s random, but it is supposed to be random… right?)

Sand dunes in Santmargats, Mongolia

10 When I was 17, I poured a cup of tea and handed it to the first Mongolian president Ochirbat on top of a sand dune in western Mongolia. He visited our soum(village) and we had to provide 9 white horses for his visit. I rode one of the horses and galloped across the steppe to see the president. (I fell off the horse and begged the others not to tell my parents. If they found out they wouldn’t have let me ride horses again.)




The Creative Woman of the Year Award!

The Creative Woman of the Year Award

Last weekend I went to London, so excited to see the Mongolian singer Jargalsaihan’s concert.

Well, ok I admit it I was excited because I was nominated for an award – Woman of the Year 2012 for Mongolians in Europe. This was the awards ceremony in Copthorne Hotel in Kensington I was going to.

A few weeks earlier I had received a phone call from David Scott, the Honorary Consul for Mongolia in Scotland. He informed me about the awards ceremony and said he was going to nominate me for an award. I felt honoured. Yes, I was touched that he recognised my efforts in raising awareness on the term Mongol and celebrated my trophy for my book Mongol from the Scottish Association of Writers.

A glamorous reception awaited with a single rose and a glass of champagne at the entrance, photographers flashing cameras. The tables were carefully chosen with numbers and seat arrangements reminding me of a posh wedding we went to a few years back. I was overwhelmed. I realised I had never been to a Mongolian event like this.

I kept starting conversations in Mongolian with my Australian friend who was with me. It was funny but electrifying to be there. My friend from Kent came with his camera and took our photos. Our table was right in the middle near the stage. The award nominees were introduced on the screen and my category was announced just before the end. I was just sitting there tired after my train journey combined with my broken sleep the night before. People kept coming and talking to me introducing themselves. They knew me mostly through my blogs and Facebook work to promote awareness on the word Mongol.

There were two other nominees in the Creative Woman of the Year category. I realised they were very strong candidates. The next thing was my father’s name (my Mongolian surname) announced followed by my first name and my Scottish surname. I won! I was so pleased.

This award means another stepping stone to what I’m aiming for. This is a symbol that Mongolians also appreciate and recognise what I’m trying to do. So watch this space. We have many meetings to organise, people to reach, and of course a book to publish! Be part of it. Be brave. Be fair. Come and join us when it’s time. Thank you.





Mongol we pride ourselves in Mongolia

Mongo they laugh at each other in Britain

Mothers cuddling their babies round the world

Fathers cursing the ignorant and Trisomy 21


Mongol, Down called his observation in 1860’s

More stupid than us, he clarified

The world followed him, calling babies Mongols

They knew none of it in Mongolia


Civilization is not a right to call names

Civilization is not a permission to bully

Developed, they say

Did they, really?









© Guuye ~ Гүүеэ