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​A Simple Message

About Writing    |     The Hollow Man Series, International Espionage

Many authors work with themes or messages that they want their readers to understand or contemplate. Of course, interpreting such messages is ultimately up to the individual reader. However, this is one of the most popular questions that piques the curiosity of my readers. They ask, “What, in god’s name, what message could you possibly expect us to take away from your books?”

I could say the message is, if you lie on your resume, you will end up over your head like I did in some strange netherworld without rules. Or, if you are in the right place at the wrong time (or the wrong place at the right time), you will end up wearing a red jersey as a dispensable player in a grand Star Trek episode. Fitting, but there is something more.

Let me tell you what books in The Hollow Man Series mean to me. Having paranormal gypsies roaming in my blood, I’ve been fortunate enough to live in some exotic places such as London, Brussels, Paris, Nice, Madrid, Rome, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Anchorage, and many more; probably spending ten years in north of 55 foreign countries in total. I’ve also worked in all fifty states. If you’re thinking of your dream vacation spot right now, I have probably been there.

These experiences have allowed me to interact with people within their own cultures, experience their spiritual and political environments, and understand their hopes and dreams. Consumed with an overwhelming fascination to learn something from every person encountered along my journey, I was able to see much of their world through their eyes; their animosities, ambitions, motivations, resilience, and so much more. As a result, The Hollow Man Series has a ring of realism that pulls the reader into scenes with the characters, whether it’s entering a dark alley in Madrid or sitting in a café along the Champs-Élysées.

My message is simple. Get out, see the world, and broaden your perspective.