When I wrote my thriller, NOBODY, the publisher sent me to Las Vegas for three days to research the book. We'd heard Vegas had an enormous homeless population and thought featuring a homeless man as the main character could be intriguing. (His name in the book is Chester Holte.)
While in Las Vegas, I toured shelters, soup kitchens, and medical trailers where the homeless congregated, as well as the "tent cities" and canyons where they slept. Of course, I also visited the clubs, casinos, and famous night spots.
A key to the trip was visiting with Jud Wilhite, senior pastor of Central Church in Las Vegas. We spent time together talking about who he was trying to reach via his mega-church. And, wow, that place was attracting drug dealers, strippers, casino employees...you name it — all in the loving name of Jesus Christ!
Jud shared a poem with me entitled, "I Stand By The Door," which is introduced at the beginning of Nobody. The book is really all about leading others to "the door," to God's door. That's what Chester's life was about.