I want a chance to explain myself to my readers. First and foremost, I wanted Giants to be fun and readable. That is why I kept the tone light and most of it on the funny side, rather than too serious. I wanted the reader to dig into the mystery of what paranormal things are happening in San Francisco and it might mean. I knew starting off slow and dropping clues might make the first few chapters slower, but at the same time, I think as a reader, you will be rewarded as you begin to solve the puzzle of the Nob Hill vortex lights of San Francisco.
Next, what about the choice of protagonist? A millennial prophet of God? Joel’s a bit clueless and naïve, but tries to listen to God and serve others. He’s the true opposite of most of us in my view. One reader asked me, “Do you think people in San Francisco are selfish and sinful and self-absorbed while the people in Silicon Valley are more altruist and pure in trying to make the world a better place?” I had an immediate answer for that question. I said, “No, I think we are all self-deceived and self-absorbed, even the ones who think they are altruistic and serving others. We all need to improve in the area of self-awareness.” Myself included! What better protagonist could we have than someone who is relatively innocent who looks at the rest of the world with a bit of shock, something most of us no longer have about ourselves or others anymore. We have come to accept our own bad behavior to be the new normal. I was hoping to use a protagonist like this to help us look in the mirror. He also serves as a way to make a social commentary about what is going on.
That leads me to explain what I am trying to accomplish in this novel. Without prejudice and without judgement, I was hoping to ask a lot of open questions about us, about San Francisco, and in a broader sense about America and what we are all becoming. I would like to think that the allegory and metaphors are working on about 5 levels. Giants of tech, corporate leaders, government leaders, religious leaders, cultural leaders . . . the giants in the novel take on all these roles as they take over our society. They are brash and take control with impunity. In fact, the giants are praised and even worshipped for their success and leadership even though there are many corrupt things that they are doing behind the scenes. San Francisco culture has already accepted this as a new normal in politics and in other areas. I don’t say this in judgement but just as a historical observation.
If we take everything beautiful and mesmerizing about San Francisco and the culture and mix it with everything unsavory and unimaginable about the giants as our all-in-all leaders, then you have Giants of Iniquity: a San Francisco Omen, a strange and twisted story about what we can see already happening in our culture with a twist of hyperbole, of course.
I hope you enjoy it and have fun with it. At the same time, I hope it raises some of the questions that might come to mind when living and working here. I don’t have any answers, but maybe just asking the questions is enough to make us decide that we might need change of some kind, or maybe not, and this is the way of the world, and what the rest of America will become in a short time.