In the last year or so, I have travelled extensively around various parts of the world, even venturing into the Czech Republic last year. The greyness of that region intrigued me. As well, I have had a long interest in Transnistria, the land that nobody wants to acknowledge. There are people in that part of Europe for whom crime is just a job. Thus, one of the characters in my book was born. He and his family are into all kinds of dodgy methods of making a few coins. His greed takes him to new levels. At the root of his progression from small-time crook to the big-time, is his resentment of an event that affected his family. The little man was trodden into the ground by the powers-that-be and he became power hungry and blasé about the criminal activities of the members of his family who lived through a catastrophic event that he had witnessed as a child.
Environmental themes interest me too. I have been involved in a terrific website mygreenaustralia.com and wrote many stories for it. Each was carefully researched and I learned a lot along the way.
My protagonists? They have been collected from observations of many people I have met over the years. Ultimately, they sprang from my imagination. Read the book and if you want to know more, write to me.