TR Hanes

I studied at Johns Hopkins and earned my PhD. at Cornell. My chosen profession allows me the privilege of living and working in a number of countries in South America, Africa, and the Middle East where I got to know some of the local people and their culture. I usually felt that I was helping people, but all was not perfect, however. There were some trying times when I felt like scrapping everything and going back to the safety and comfort of my own country. As Iíve gotten older, like most people, I wonder what the end of life might bring. My second book, Lazarus in the Labyrinth, attempts to deal with this most important of all human issues as a novel of ideas about religion, death and resurrection. Iím now retired and lead a quiet life in Ithaca, New York with a partner, a dog and a beautiful garden.

"Lazarus in the Labyrinth" is a thought-provoking new psychological drama that takes a startling look at the nature of death as Reno Antonin finds an unorthodox solution to his depression through the rites of a secret society modeled on the Eleusinian mysteries.

"Undercovers: A Heaven of Hell" is an important story for me because it is based, loosely, on a time when I was younger and struggling with my sexuality. The sometimes painful coming out story of the main character is an odyssey taking place in a strange tropical country. The struggle the young man faces is full of dangers - both internally, in his own mind, and externally because he's living in a country that's going through its own struggle to develop.

I hope the reader of "Undercovers" will enjoy this unusual coming-out story and that it will broaden the horizons for people struggling to get to know themselves.

Some personal points: I'm fluent in French and have read a number of "vintage" French authors including Genet, Celine, Balzac, Flaubert, Baudelaire and Zola. I've spent many an evening - alone in a foreign country - reading some of their great stories. I also enjoy reading a number of English and American authors such as Henry James, Dreiser, Conrad, Flannery OíConnor, Forster, Shakespeare, Milton and many others. I also enjoy science fiction.

My philosophy
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.

Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I

At home I enjoy gardening, reading, storytelling and trading stocks (when I was a graduate student I set myself up as a registered investment advisor with the SEC and built, from scratch, my own mutual fund).