Downtown
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Singapore
2013

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Canada,
now

Hey,

Thanks for stopping by.

If you came here looking to know more about me, rest assured. There ain't much to know.

Other than the Revolution I took part in, the great country of Canada where I live right now, and my geeky interest in literature, history, philosophy, quantum physics (no, seriously, of course I'm kidding) and the natural sciences . . . I'm just a guy who likes to write and make engaging content.

I was born in Egypt, in the 198os. My parents were "Coptic Christians" if that means anything to you. What that actually means is that my whole family went way, way back to the Pharaohs. I then moved to the United States and then on to Canada—where I live right now and consider it to be my lovely home.

I did study (and practice) medicine for many years before I realized it wasn't for me. So I switched to political science and obtained a master's degree in Global Affairs & International Security from a prestigious American university in 2016. After that I was accepted as a research analyst for the NATO Council of Canada (later on, the . . . *Association* of Canada) based in Toronto.

I daresay I know a lot about politics, but my recent content has been drifting away from it more and more. (I took part in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, did I say that?) Lately, I have noticed that I am becoming more focused on philosophy and science in my research and general readings.

So it's philosophy, history, and the natural sciences that will occupy the bulk of my future vids and books.

 

 

Now, regarding 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