Whenever I’m in some popular tourist destination, such as Venice or Florence or Athens, I see large groups of people mindlessly following tour guides who have umbrellas raised high in the air to keep the group together. I suppose it must be easier in a way to let someone else figure out what’s worth seeing and what’s not. Whether Michelangelo’s David is worth ten minutes or only five because it is necessary to get the paying customers into some shop where the guide gets a cut-back.
My point is, people who follow umbrellas miss a lot. Whether it’s in traveling or in life. I’ve had many years of experience as a writer. I’m a published author of six professional books as well as numerous articles and speeches. However none of this prepared me in any way for writing fiction. I’d always wanted to write stories, but never had the time. Then suddenly I had all the time in the world.