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Singapore
2013

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Canada,
now

Hey,

Thanks for coming here.

I'm a guy who likes to read, write, and make videos.

 

I was born in Egypt in the early 1980s. My parents were poor, but they managed to send me and my sister to med school. Anyway, we were Christian in a largely Muslim country (and the atmosphere back them was anti-Christian) so I had to move out of Egypt to Canada in the 2010s.

 

I had actually moved to the United States earlier (to study nuclear weaponsowoooh) and then on to Canada, where I became a research analyst for the NATO Council (later on renamed: "the NATO 'Association' of Canada).

I have three university degrees: a medical degree (MBBCH), a nursing degree (BScN), and a master's degree in global affairs (MGA) with a concentration in international security (nuclear weapons was a focus at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California). I did also study English lit. and philosophy at the University of Toronto, although I never graduated.

 

That's enough out of me. Now, regarding my novel, THE HAZE. . . .

I am usually a very fast writer, but this book took me six years to write. From the inception of The Haze’s idea on a chance trip to Singapore in 2013, to the project’s completion in 2019, six full years of writing, revision, research, and high flights of fantasy—had passed.

 

I had to study Chinese literature, dive into the rich history of the Malay Archipelago, vet my own memories of the Arab Spring; and not only keep various day jobs, finish two university degrees, migrate from one country to another then to a third; but also stay sane.

 

And finish this book.

 

Which I didn't manage to do until I'd settled in a quiet and peaceful town in Southern Ontario. Something about the cool breeze in midsummer, the way squirrels consistently targeted my car, a volunteer experience at a homeless shelter--something about all this somehow helped me finish this crazy espionage novel about a CIA agent struggling to know his wife better during a shady operation in Southeast Asia.

 

And finally it was here. The Haze. It tumbled out into our world exactly as I’d envisioned it six years ago: a child of adventure, mystique, copious research, and simplicity.

 

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

Cheers,

 

Burnaby Hawkes