If you’ve seen the Wizard of Oz you’ll know about the man behind the curtain.
It’s a great visual reminder that things are not always what they seem on the surface.
Looking behind the curtain is an essential skill for anyone investigating a crime, and creating curtains is a fun game for crime writers.
It’s also an essential life skill if you don’t want to be taken in by appearances.
How often have you judged a book by its cover and been disappointed? And, how often have you judged a book by its cover and missed out on a great read because you failed to look behind the curtain?
You need to look behind the curtain in all aspects of your life, not just when choosing a book to read. Think about all that advertising you’re bombarded with and all that political spin. Think about what you’re being fed as news.
If you never question or examine what you’re told you’ll end up like the citizens of Oz: believing in a fraud.
Peter Mulraney is a creative writer from Australia. He is the author of the Inspector West crime series, the Living Alone series of self-help books for men, Sharing the Journey: Reflections of a Reluctant Mystic, The New Girlfriend and Everyday Project Management.