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.
Wanting to write and writing well are separate issues. Author Ray Ahrens discusses his path to becoming a published author.