My name is Joel D. Hirst and I’m a novelist, and a playwright, and a blogger. An erstwhile traveler, a dreamer of dreams and a thinker of big thoughts rarely linked to reality. I just released my 4th novel “I, Charles, From the Camps” about a boy who was born in northern Uganda during the 25 year civil war and his attempts to make a life for himself, and why he fails – and why you or I would have done the same. I’ve also written “Lords of Misrule“, a story about the making and unmaking of a jihadist. My San Porfirio series, “The Lieutenant of San Porfirio” and its sequel “The Burning of San Porfirio“, are about socialist Venezuela. About how it collapsed and how it will be reborn. You can visit me at http://www.joelhirst.com or on twitter or facebook.