Writing is a Hobby. As such, it is intended primarily for the writer's enjoyment. Still, it is very gratifying when you learn that a particular reader liked a story you weaved or found your work entertaining or even enlightening.
The two titles below are available for your pleasure.
My first book, Pandemic, is a 'what-if' exercise. As most adults will remember, shortly after the 9/11 attack there was a less traumatic but equally frightening event - the anthrax scare - which created havoc with mail delivery and generated temporary panic at all levels of society. It turned out to be just a deranged loner, but what if this had been a well-planned, well-funded, careful terrorist act, involving a real contagious agent? The result was a work of fiction that readers have found eye-opening.
On the Banks of the Zambezi is a much more personal story. Growing up in Portugal during the tail end of the Portuguese colonial empire, I remember a period of anxiety and fear that is being lost in the younger generations. While the dictatorial government in Lisbon stubbornly tried to hold on to the shadows of former glory, a generation of frightened young boys was shipped from their homeland to places like Angola, Mozambique, Guine-Bissau and Timor to fight a war they knew nothing about. As fate would have it, years later I married a refugee from one of those places - Mozambique - who had experienced, first-hand, the horrors of the colonial war and the civil war that followed the young nation’s independence. Her personal story, as the child of white parents attempting to carve out a living in the interior of Africa, is quite fascinating by itself. On the Banks of the Zambezi is based on actual stories, an attempt to tell a piece of Africa’s history that has not been well recorded, in a way that makes it real.
Check the tabs for these two novels, along with comments from previous readers. If curious enough to read them, your comments will always be welcome. Please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org