Without wanting to give too much away to the uninitiated, this is a truly incredible story waiting to be told – and a film waiting to be made, I do hope someone takes notice! I feel if anybody was in a position to write this book it was me, as I played a very active part in what is the second part of the book, where it turns into a detective story. Because of the nature of the story, there was also a ready structure in terms of narration, which made it easier to write though I had problems placing the flashback – if it were too early on, I would give too much away, but too late it would detract from the punchlines.
In fact, I wrote the bulk of the book in just 12 days, during a cruise from Durban to the Seychelles last April. In the penultimate chapter, this cruise is even recounted. The passengers on the ship would see me every day in the lounge, dedicatedly typing away, it was a bit of a sacrifice not splashing away in the pool but absolutely worth it, even though writing the second part of the book affected my mood and I found myself often quite aggressive and uncommunicative as a result of having to remember difficult situations. Once the first draft was over, I reviewed some parts of the book and then sent it to a professional editor, who came back with comments by early July. And then the rewriting started, and I confess this was the hardest part, both in terms of finding the motivation and following the editor’s suggestions. It took all the time from July to November to get this done. Publishing it through Amazon was the easy part.