I am writing this blog–and my novels–as a means to explore belief: how we gain it; lose it; impose it on others; and sometimes use it to justify our base actions. To guide my explorations, I rely on history’s markings, particularly the history of the United States occupation of the Philippines. It is a period that offers untapped, fertile field for narrative fiction.
When I think about belief, my thoughts converge on one man’s life. Born to privilege, Bobby Gana devoted his considerable legal skills to represent low-income Filipinos. In 1998, on his way to help farmers gain ownership of their land, Bobby’s plane crashed into the mountains on the southern island of the Philippines. I dedicate Under a Tropical Sun to him. He reminds me that when a man integrates his beliefs and his vision of the world, magical things can happen.