My father is of Austrian descent. I’ve made two trips to his home country to see for myself where he came from. It is honestly the most beautiful place on earth. On my second trip, Dad bought me an Austrian fedora. I loved it so much I convinced myself it was not a bit too small on my head, which it was. The more I wore it, the more clear this became. Being a man who believes that everything one owns should be put to good use, I chose to give this hat to Tommy Willis, protagonist of THE APPLE TREE.

As in my case, it was a gift from his father. One he treasured like no other. So not only did my own father gift me with a model to aid my sorely lacking draughtsmanship, he gave my character something dear to hold onto in his beloved father’s absence. Thanks, Dad.