Frequently Asked Questions
Nope. I’m not that smart. From my research I can honestly say that I’ve not presented anything that hasn’t already been thought of by hackers, and in most cases, already been done.
I first began writing Distraction as a story about hacking and the dangers we may be facing because of our increasing uses of technology. I am not anti-technology, but I do believe we need to take a close look at the real risks of how we are using it today. As I began writing, I wasn’t sure what the core of the story would be…the “big hack”…I called it. One morning as I was doing research, I came across a news article about the Westlake Landfill. I was familiar with it from things I had read before but hadn’t considered it for a story. Suddenly, I found myself with the perfect “big hack”. As a writer, I thought the two concepts would make an interesting story and would be an opportunity to make readers aware of two very real risks that exist today.
There is a third issue in Distraction and the other Emily Graham books, and that is the role of the secret groups behind the stories. I’ve never been much of a conspiracy theory guy, but as I look at everything going on globally today and the social and political trends, my imagination wonders if there isn’t something behind it all, some ‘thing’ that is writing the script the world is following. It may be imaginary, but that’s why we still call it fiction.
I enjoy telling stories. I grew up in a family of storytellers and I’ve used that approach in every role I’ve had through the years. Stories can be entertaining, but they also have a way of communicating truths that are very difficult to do otherwise. So, I guess I write to entertain and to hopefully spark some thinking about issues that I believe may have some importance. If you look at the Emily Graham stories, along with just being good stories, they are based on what I see are some very real risks we face today. While they are fiction, my view is “They are just fiction until they happen.” So, I write to entertain, and hopefully draw attention to some issues that I believe might be important.