Our home is under surveillance. The CIA, NSA, and possibly the FBI have been alerted to my computer activity. It was bound to happen. You can’t just Google Al-Qaida, Muslim Brotherhood, Sig Sauer, and terrorism without “big brother” becoming suspicious.
I’m kidding. At least I think I am. As of yet I do not believe I’m under surveillance but then again I wouldn’t know it if I was, right? The fun part of writing in my genre is the thrill of watching my characters explore a life much different than my own. Have you ever dreamed of doing something different? I once dreamed of going skydiving and then I had kids.
But the kind of dreaming I’m talking about is the one that takes you into a world unfamiliar; a career path unexpected; an adventure uncharted. In my current novel my character’s life is turned upside down when she comes face to face with the secretive agency sworn to protect America and one resolved to destroy it.
As I continue to research information about my plot I find myself immersed in a wealth of information that takes me from the safety of my office and dumps me into the trenches of a revolting country. I get the behind-the-scenes tour as I watch my characters make choices of life and death and I feel consequences of those decisions weigh heavily on my shoulders.
My goal in becoming a writer is to entertain my readers. To help them explore a world unknown and possibly one they never expected to become a part of. When my family moved to Egypt I was fearful of the unknown-to the point of tears on many nights. But what was waiting for me, what was lurking around the corner was an adventure. The adventure I never expected turned into affection for a country and a people who captivated my life and given me a story of intrigue, corruption, and love.
So my question is this, if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? If you could be anything you wanted what would it be and why? And finally, what’s stopped you?