Interview with DC Leberknight

Why did you write Globalocity?
Over the years, many people told me that I should write a book, especially after visiting my World Tour web site, and I always thought that this was maybe a good idea. I considered writing true stories from the road, but then I realized it would be more fun for me to write fiction, and for you to read fiction, so I wrote fiction... Raymond is adventurous, but he also has a curious mind, so of course Globalocity includes his intellectual observations. This book is more than a funny backpacker novel with a secret sub-plot. This book provides a compelling assessment of humanity at a critical moment in history, our moment. It provides a global perspective in a fun way. As Raymond travels the world, he meets many people with many perspectives, and so he gradually figures out the big picture. In other words, I wrote Globalocity to create an informative and entertaining work of art about Earth and everything.
How much do you have in common with Raymond?
We are both curious and open-minded with incurable wanderlust, but Raymond is a fictional guy. Some of his adventures happened to friends of mine, twisted into an alternate Universe, Raymond and I have a lot in common, but unlike me, he is a literary hero. I designed Raymond as a young American who travels the world for the first time, so that everything he discovers is fresh and exciting. Raymond also has family connections in Israel and Syria, but I won't say why. You'll have to read the book to find out.
One of Globalocity's characters is a computer hacker. How are you qualified to write about that?
I'm actually a computer-security expert. This answers another question I hear a lot, "How can you afford to travel so much?" It's the story of my life. After I graduated from university, I got a job as a computer programmer, then as soon as I saved enough money, I quit that job and went to South America. Twenty-seven years later, that's still my modus operandi: work, save, travel, repeat. I work with computers because this pays well and it's interesting, but I'm far more passionate about understanding humanity, and the best way to do that, I think, is via adventure travel. By the way, I am also passionate about the art of good writing and keeping fit through sport.
You were born in the USA, but you live in New Zealand. How did that happen?
Long story short: I knew way back in 1988 (during my first adventure in South America) that I would eventually live somewhere more exotic than Colorado. For a long time I believed this would be Brazil (I speak Spanish and Portuguese fluently), but then my wife and I discovered New Zealand, and this is a nicer place to live. Now we are proud to be Kiwis!
What's next?
Go with the flow. My wife and I are currently cruising around Earth yet again. We just finished travelling from East Timor to Sri Lanka, mostly overland by public bus. That took a year. Now we're in Europe... Check out "David and Lili's World Tour" online, a travel blog with photos. Global velocity!
Published 2015-06-08.
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Books by This Author

Globalocity - The Adventures of Raymond
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,390. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Globalocity is the story of Raymond, a young man who travels the world. Go with him on a mind-expanding odyssey to India, Israel, China, Africa, and elsewhere. Explore everything. On your journey, you'll meet gurus and gorillas, scientists and guerrillas, hustlers, historians, and people with dizzying quantities of faith. You'll also discover a disturbing family secret back home. Global velocity!