Reading is a passion—almost anything that offers fresh thought. Writing follows reading. My first book, a memoir, covered my early years and I wrote it when dared by my family. It was a series of essays, written in the first person, and the mission of writing it gave me unexpected pleasure. I then turned to writing novels—a more difficult task. What followed were three books portraying a wide variety of people who make mistakes in their lives, accept challenges, and are capable of fierce love and exhibiting the courage to fight for what they deem to be right. There are segments in each book that capture real and significant events in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. Writing the trilogy gave me more pleasure. I wish I had begun writing as a young man.