While my personal biography does not enter into the storyline of True East, my philosophies, however, do . . .
Water plays a central role in True East, seeping into almost every passage.
In my first novel Drive, I included a playlist, which gave the reader a musical perspective into each chapter. In True East I didn’t, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t hear music as I was writing the novel.
Possibly the most frequently asked question of any author is: Is your book autobiographical? Different authors will answer this question differently . . .
A novel is similar to a layer cake; it is not mouth-watering until the frosting. The core of a novel is the cake and here True East can be thought of as a retelling of Joseph Conrad’s great novella Heart of Darkness. But it takes time to write a novel and with that time the storyline swells as the frosting is applied between the layers of cake.
True East strives to find a common ground between anthropology and fiction.
Wanting to write and writing well are separate issues. Author Ray Ahrens discusses his path to becoming a published author.