As a father and grandfather, one of the most heart-rending aspects of writing Shift Tense was researching the tragedy of child soldiers in Africa. Consider for sixty seconds the notion of kidnapped children drugged, brutalized and brainwashed into front line combat. War, starvation, killing, death at age 8, or 10, or 12. Then if they live long enough, to grow into adulthood deformed and scarred by that savagery. I think about my sons and now my grandsons… how can I not give at least something to people who are actively trying to alleviate this kind of suffering?
I mentioned before I would donate a portion of Shift Tense sales to a related charity. After a bit of research, I selected War Child. They’re an international organization dedicated helping children affected by war. If you can, please give. If you can’t give money, then pray.