I spent several months working and living among the indigenous peoples of Uganda, mostly in the conflict stressed regions around Gulu, Kitgum and Lira in the North. These are regions devastated by the notorious warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). He remains at large to this day. Victoria Falls is a scene from my new novel, UNDER THE SKIN, due for release August 2013
“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.’”
― Hugh MacLeod,
Even with three flutes of champagne balanced on a small silver tray this man had an appeal beyond his looks. At best they were sufficient, not extraordinary. It was the masculinity, it oozed from every pore. About six feet of muscular male; trim, slightly unshaven, mid length curly black hair and body language that screamed virility.
“A bookstore is one of the many pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.”
― Jerry Seinfeld
In Under the Skin, a brutal African dictator is challenged by two young women from different worlds: Maggie Kincaid, born to wealth and privilege in New York, and Nabby Kibugu, born to poverty and obscurity in the African bush. Their unlikely friendship sparks a fiery political drama with the potential to upend the leadership of a country and change the lives of millions.
Maggie is working as an intern for an American company in Uganda when she meets longtime pen pal Nabby. She becomes ensnarled in a clandestine political campaign to elect Nabby as the first female president of Uganda. The women risk everything as they take on a corrupt, abusive government. In a startling move, they decide to enlist the improbable help of a notorious warlord, and it’s anyone’s guess as to whether their dangerous gamble will pay off.
Nick Hahn started his career as a writer while a student at the University of Notre Dame. He went on to become President and CEO of New York-based Cotton Incorporated (Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives). Leaving Cotton in 1997, he formed Hahn International, LTD, an agribusiness-consulting group focused on the third world. For fourteen years, Nick has lived and worked among indigenous peoples from Africa to Latin America. His travel diaries reflect societal tensions often created by internal conflict and political unrest. Under the Skin is his first novel.
Nick is married with four children and four grandchildren. He makes his home in rural eastern Connecticut near Long Island Sound, where he writes and narrates audiobooks.
June 30, 1936: Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the American South during and after the Civil War, was published 77 years ago today.
“The coffin was handmade from the wood of a single Eucalyptus tree. There were no handles, it rested on the shoulders of six elegant tribesmen. These were Maasai from Kenya, the warrior tribe, known for their courage and endurance. The walkers followed at a respectful distance, the pace was grueling.”