All three books were written in English and published by Raman Krishnan, editor and publisher of Silverfish Books.
After being challenged by Amir Muhammad of FIXI (independent publishing in Malaysia is a small close knit world) to write in Malay, Rozlan's fourth book in the Inspector Mislan series, Infantisid was written in Malay and published by Fixi in 2013.
At the same time, Rozlan had been working on another book, a tongue-in-cheek story of a master criminal finding himself face-to-face with the CIA when he inadvertently kidnaps the grandson of the US Secretary of State. Written in English, this was published by Silverfish Books.
Rozlan's latest book, The Gods, is in English and published by Fixi Novo, the English-language imprint of Fixi. A political thriller, it is set in the run up to the country's general election.
I asked Rozlan, why the different languages and why different publishers?
"I enjoy writing in both languages," he said, "but I am fully aware of my limitation in the command of the Malay language. That leaves me English. What I would love to do is write a mixed-language book, with Malay and English."
As a previous colony of the British, Malaysia used English Language as a medium of instruction in schools until 1970. To build a national identity and to encourage assimilation of the three major races, Malay, Chinese and Indian, the Malay language was used as the medium of instruction while recognising the importance of the English language. Today, policy makers continue to scratch their heads to try to balance the two.
As to having different publishers, Rozlan was impressed by Fixi's use of social media to market their books. He also felt that their distribution network was wider. However, Rozlan was philosophical, "I do understand why publishers are not spending money to promote books and authors. The local market is small because Malaysia is not a reading country."
While Rozlan has a point, typically English-language books have a smaller market; although a best-seller may sell more than 10,000 copies, the average quantity sold is more likely 3,000 copies. On the other hand, a popular Malay novel, especially one that has a movie tie-in, will sell more than 50,000 copies.
Rozlan uses social media to promote his books. He has considered self-publishing, feeling that it will give him more creative freedom but he is conscious that his book will be one among millions without the right marketing and promotion.
Currently Rozlan is working on his next Inspector Mislan novel and this time he is crossing borders - up north to Thailand.