One of my friends invited me to discuss ‘Journey To Eden.’ His first question was: ‘How much of the story did you experience yourself?’ and he was obviously referring to the erotic content mostly. I said that some mystery has to remain about the author and refused an answer. He also wanted to know whether I was describing the kind of life I wanted to lead. I answered that Seejay – JTE’s main character – discovers that promiscuity and wealth do not create happiness, but family and emotional relationships do, so he could safely assume that this was my own experience. Based on personal experience, an author has to create characters that become believable in their own right.
My friend was also surprised that I had the courage to publish the book as it is, because many people would find its content mix of erotic-religious-political views disagreeable. I told him the same thing that Thelma – one of the reviewers – pointed out so wonderfully. ‘This is about honesty, about truthfully reporting what one sees and not conforming to some unwritten regulation as to what can and can not be said, the worst kind of censoring by peer pressure.’