“In each of us there is another whom we do not know.”
Carl Jung wrote those famous words with the blue background, and he was right. Take a minute to think about this quote, and how it relates to us hotel people. After many years in the industry I finally picked one word that best describes our frame of mind in the industry, and that word is ‘outgoing’.
Nearly everything we do every day is connected to that word. It is possible that some events that happen tell us a lot about ourselves, but even that is about how we go about solving problems, giving advice, mentoring and all the other actions we take during a day in the life of……….and it is again all ‘outgoing’.
Holding meetings, sitting with a colleague, talking to a guest, holding a meeting…..they are all ‘outgoing’ moments where you are, if you will, giving ‘out of yourself’. It is a one way street and it is all going one way, out. We are all so busy that there is never time to reflect on who we are on the inside, and I am not talking about our inner child. I leave that to the psychologists.
Nearly all of us go through life and never stop to think about that famous line, and basically deny ourselves that opportunity to see who we are on the inside.
I must admit that I never really thought about it until I found myself between jobs as GM and was literally going out of my mind, pacing around my home like a caged animal looking for something to do. It’s a bit like a racing driver going from 100kph to zero in a second.
It was then that my wife suggested writing a book, and I thought of that equally famous saying that there is a book in each of us. I still had not thought about the ‘other person’ in me until I actually sat down to try and pen my first thriller.
It was one of the best things I have ever decided to do, it was a veritable epiphany! I set myself free as I sat there in the study thinking about the plots, the protagonist, where the action takes place and all the other ideas in a book.
I once told a friend that writing was like taking a free trip to anywhere in the world, and especially to the places you have visited. It’s not only free but you do not have to move from your seat in the study!
You are now thinking inward, delving into your memory, thinking about how your protagonist thinks, and about how you think. Memories light up like Christmas trees as you relive events passed, and time flies as you discover your creative streak. Inevitably there is some of you in the protagonist, and as you write you unveil parts of yourself that you did not know before. You find that you see many of your character traits and find some of the truths that make up your personality.
You may think that I am a little ‘off the wall, but I can say that I did learn a lot about myself during those many hours and days that I sat at the desk writing the Jordan Kline Trilogy. I found the beginning of ‘the yellow brick road’, the start of self-understanding that has brought about changes in me.
So many of my friends and colleagues that are in the hospitality industry have no time to indulge in hobbies, whatever they may be. Some make time for basketball, soccer, or other activity, but none of them led to better understanding of that second person in each of us.
My advice? Since you have asked for it I will tell you.
Set aside a couple of hours per week at the beginning and sit down alone in the quiet of your study and think about writing. You can write about anything you like. Perhaps think about an autobiography. Maybe a novel, a thriller, a romance. Now, many of you will say that you cannot write. I did not at first. I researched writing and read a lot and finally was ready to start.
I admit that I started writing to see at first if I could, and then if I could finish a book. But the important part of it was what I learned about myself, although I really enjoyed the exercise. As you write you cover the whole gamut of feelings from joy to despair, from writers block to a river of creativity. At times you want to give up and at times you write like crazy….it’s all part of the journey. You can create all that you imagine, bring people to life and kill others off.
Don’t forget that writers today have the luxury of the computer, something that those that went before did not have, from the feather pen through the typewriter and to today.
So do yourself a favor and determine to write a book. Make time to let your inner self fly free. Do not give up, though that will also tell you something about yourself. Persevere, and you will find that it is a great exercise. You will set more time aside as you go on, and importantly, you will find out more about that second person inside.
I was not a writer, yet am immensely proud of having completed and self-published two books and am currently writing the third thriller. Not bad for a long time GM!
I invite you all to explore the website for my books at www.stephenwayers.com
Good luck to those who decide to write. Take it from me, it was and is a great experience.
About Me: Stephen’s Story
Stephen was born to expatriate parents in Calcutta India. From the age of eight he was educated in English private schools. He attended St. Andrews Preparatory school in Pangbourne Berkshire and Shrewsbury School in Shrewsbury Shropshire.
Pursuing a career in hospitality, Stephen graduated cum laude from the prestigious Lausanne Hotel School, Switzerland. He has contracted to work in and manage hotels in England, Israel, South Africa, Canada and most recently in Cyprus. In 1975, while working at Ramada he met his wife Mali. They were married a year later in South Africa.
Stephen was recruited by Canadian headhunters to take up the position of Executive Assistant Manager and Director of Food and beverage at the opening of the famous King Solomon’s Palace Hotel on the Red Sea. The idea to write a thriller on the Middle Eastern conflict between Israel and the Palestinians was born during the latter part of 1991 after experiencing Israel’s return of Taba to Egypt following International Arbitration. He enjoyed being able to add anecdotes from his long and colorful international hotel career.
In his first book, he introduces the reader to Jordan Kline, the star of the series. Kline is an ex Mossad operative and now successful hotel manager.
Stephen began writing with Mali’s encouragement as a test to explore his own creativity and writing capabilities. Finally completed, Stephen requested that a few close friends in Toronto Canada read the draft manuscript. The amazing response has pushed Stephen to pursue publication of The Taba Convention, and to continue writing novels in the Jordan Kline series.
Serving as General Manager of the David’s Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem Stephen hosted many foreign Presidents, dignitaries and their delegations. These included President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, President Sakaashvili of Georgia, and a notable visit to the Royal Palace in Amman to meet King Abdullah of Jordan. His experience has afforded Stephen invaluable insight into security procedures among various government organizations.
Stephen is British and Canadian and lives in Toronto, Canada.
The Taba Convention: Jordan Kline Thriller Series-Book 1 by Stephen W. Ayers
One of the most exciting breakout action novels of the year, The Taba Convention by Stephen W. Ayers is the first book in the Jordan Kline series. Filled with surprising twists and turns as well as incredible insight into the Middle East, Ayers’ plot confronts the deadly goals of radical Muslims and the mission of right wing Jews. With the future of the Middle East uncertain, readers are kept guessing until the unforeseen climax of this relentless international whodunit.
Disillusioned with the continual bloodletting over the years, Mossad operative Jordan Kline resigns and pursues a new career in hotel management. Managing the Sands hotel in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, Jordan enjoys a restful life together with his girlfriend. The calm is shattered when one of Jordan’s former colleagues is murdered and Jordan is drawn back into a violent past where enemy lines are obscured and zealots run the show.
Reluctantly, though with incredible loyalty to his fallen comrade, Jordan begins to unravel a deadly conspiracy that threatens to further engulf the Middle East in war. Through this tyrannical maze he becomes the most hunted man in Israel. Forced to use all his cunning wit and stamina, Jordan must stay one step ahead of men that kill to fulfill deadly ambitions on both sides of the fence. As time runs out and the historic date of the convention in Taba Egypt approaching, Jordan will discover new frontline enemies and old ones he never knew existed. Saving the day has never been so deadly.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
The Righteous Within: Jordan Kline Thriller Series-Book 2 by Stephen W. Ayers
In 1945, as the Third Reich collapses and Berlin burns, a group of dedicated Nazis meticulously plot revenge for their humiliating defeat in the Second World War.
Years pass and the State of Israel grows into a modern and vibrant country. But is all as it should be within the Jewish state?
The Deputy Director of the nuclear plant in Dimona is murdered during a conference at the Sands Tel Aviv hotel, managed by Jordan Kline, ex Mossad agent turned hotelier. The only clue is a swastika and four letters desperately scrawled on a bathroom mirror. But what can the Nazi symbol possibly represent in today’s Israel?
Jordan Kline is once more reluctantly embroiled in the world he tried so hard to turn his back on after becoming disillusioned with the continued violence in the agency.
He uncovers a diabolical conspiracy born in the dying days of the Second World War. Fulfilling a deadly mission created by Nazis already long in their graves, it now threatens to unleash a massive onslaught that can only lead to annihilation of Israel.
Can Jordan Kline uncover the horrific truth and identify the conspirators before it is too late? Can he and Irit unravel the secret before time runs out?
The unique and deeply disturbing plot of The Righteous Within will have you gasping for breath and in suspense until the last page as you follow Jordan Kline’s dangerous race against time and deadly enemies’ intent on killing him and destroying Israel.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense