'Kite Runner' Author Says Time Between Books 'Frustrating'

Khaled Hosseini discusses "And the Mountains Echoed" that returns readers to Afghanistan.
2:13 | 05/21/13

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We have great news for book lovers today. "The new york times" best-selling author of "the kite runner" and "a thousand splendid suns" returns, it is called "and the mountains echoed" it explores how families love, honor and sacrifice for one another. Cecilia vega has the story. ♪ Reporter: It was the book that catapulted on to the best-seller's list and became a movie. And now ten years after "the kite runner" hit shelves. Khaled hosseini's next book is out today. This is where it all happens. He wrote that book right here in his home office in northern california. I never really intended to publish my first novel. I just wanted to write it and put it aside. Reporter: Hosseini wrote "the kite runner" while working as a doctor and this time around it was another labor of love. What are those years like? Frustrating. I want to be in a situation where I'm burning to write it, so compelled that it's like a pebble in my shoe I can't get rid of. Reporter: Inspiration struck and new story about a family torn apart takes readers to the country of his native afghanistan. It is a journey he continues to take in his own life too on humanitarian missions to build shelters for refugees and to award scholarships to women. When I go there, I realize that the only reason I have the life I do is just stupid genetic lottery. I didn't really do anything to deserve what I have. Reporter: What he has today, more than 38 million books sold worldwide. Is there a pressure that comes when you publish a new novel? Not are people going to like this book, are they going to read it because I do my best and then it's out of my hands. Reporter: Is he nervous about thte of his latest novel? Hardly. Hosseini says he's still shocked anyone even read the first one. The fact that it became this cultural phenomenon was a real shocker. Reporter: For "good morning america," sacecilia vega, abc news, san francisco. You can read an excerpt from hossain any new book on goodmorningamerica.Com on

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