George Fillis, a second-generation son of Greek immigrants, is the author of the Collingwood Series. A graduate of Trinity University, he lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Karen.
Everyone has a story, and I love to hear them. When I write, real events give me the inspiration to learn more about what is inside me, allowing my soul to grow.
Several years ago, I met a young man from a remote village in Malaysia who improbably planted the seed for this book. Even though his sixteen family members lived in a one-room house with no electricity or facilities, he excelled in school and was offered a scholarship to the University of Kansas. When he arrived in the U.S., he displayed a humble character, worked harder than his peers, always endeavored to do the right thing, and ascended the ranks of scholarship and corporate America. His name was Winson.
Two additional events occurred, which further incubated the seed Winson planted. My wife and I spent the past six summers at the Joseph Lawrence House in Collingwood, Ontario, located on the shores of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay and silhouetted by the Blue Mountains. We were captivated by the town’s stunning vistas, rich history, and Victorian architecture. At a dinner, we heard the remarkable life story of Sandie, who as a young Canadian girl in the 1940s, met a Chinese man who entered the country as human chattel and was sold multiple times before gaining his freedom and falling in love with Sandie.
Then on a hike in the Blue Mountains, we met three ladies and a man from Toronto’s Chinatown who shared specific details about the Snakeheads, a human trafficking ring, which could have been the ring that had indentured Sandie’s husband.
I hope this book series is entertaining, informative, and generates awareness to the plight of human trafficking victims that affects almost every country globally.