When it comes to social media and special experiences, I don't have that much to share--other than my experiences that led me to seek out social media. It is a space I never gave much thought about. I heard about all the miracles of inter-connectivity but I figured it was the same level of chances I would have had winning the lottery. Everyone points to the winner. It's what keeps us going as a society. We look, we see, we aspire to have.
I think all I can do is present myself as truly as possible and the public will need to decide from there. It is unfortunate that I don't sell clothing or fashion or make-up tips. Or something that requires scantily clad young women and men. That seems to be very popular.
What I do have is the desire to take what's in my head and put it on paper in a way that helps people learn from others. A good book compresses and enriches the reader's life.
What is a good book? I will take the definition from a podcast (www.thecreativepenn.com with Joanna Penn interviewing Harry Dewulf) that defines a good book as one that gives satisfaction to its readers. This means that any book can be both good and bad. This gives me hope in the event that my (occasional) writing isn't up to scratch.
Man on the Run is the name I have called my series of novels. Each book can be read on its own. Each book tackles different issues. For example, volume 3 deals with global currency control (yawn!) but its story is about a young man who discovers that his parents are either traitors or CIA operatives. He is blackmailed by the CIA to find out the truth and exploit their connections. In it, we learn of a secret successor organisation to the Illuminati.
Part of me doesn't enjoy thrillers. Another part can't get enough. I wrote volume 4 as a political thriller that examines the effectiveness of security in our society--and the false benefits we have when we over stress otherwise good people. It is a love story set against the background of the largest terrorist attack the world has seen--hint: lots of planes blow up simultaneously killing hundreds of thousands of people. It is a blast.
I didn't start this blog as an advertisement of my books, but it looks like it has become that way. Sorry about that. What I wanted to explain is that I want to write relevant books. Volume 5 deals with human trafficking and is very gritty. It is a departure from the previous books. Our main character (from volume 3 and cameo'd in volume 4) is caught up in a nightmare situation. He escapes and plans his revenge--not just on those who captured and abused him but the entire fabric of business of human trafficking. To this day, I struggle to understand why we allow certain elements to exist in our society that are so destructive to our well being.
Volume 6 answers the question of who the man from Dallas is (in chapter 1 and the last chapter of volume 3) (and who is seen again in volume 5). I won't ruin it, but this may be my best novel yet. (Modesty is my strong suit.)
I am excited when stories come together. I am even more excited when I see a larger saga form in the way my series has done. I am currently writing volumes 1 and 2 (yes, I am doing things backwards). My intention in subsequent blogs is to talk about the process of writing volumes 1 and 2, how I approach the structure, research and continuity issues. It is a surprisingly fluid system.
And, yes, I will continue to bemoan my interaction with social media. Hint: when you see me with a 'proper' camera and microphone, I will have graduated. Until then, I will struggle with the built-in camera in my computer.
Any questions you may have, please feel free to ask. This blog is as much for me as for you. Your participation will allow me to know who my readers are (other than my brother and sister and, hopefully mother!).