Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
- Passenger lyrics
How do you approach cover design?
I designed the rough draft of my cover myself. I needed to relate it to the topic of ISIS and an honor-killing in my book, thence the title The New Crusades. However, I wanted to show that there was an extreme period in Christianity too, with flames, burning, and torture. That's why I came up with the idea to put a medieval Crusader in the picture with sword drawn and a silhouette of a Jihadist bearing an AK-47 in his hands. The background of the cover had the image of flames and minarets, which yielded the impression of the cruelty and war between the religions.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm an eclectic reader: The Hardy Boys, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, The Shock Doctrine, and Trouble in Paradise.
Wally, a scenery photographer, stumbles upon a dead woman in the woods off the Bruce Trail, near Ball's Falls. The woman is the victim of an honour-killing committed by her own brother, Aamir. He escapes arrest by fleeing to Syria and becoming part of ISIS. Two detectives bring the parents to trial for being complicit, but are frustrated by not being able to arrest Aamir.