The germ of the idea for The White Cannibal came to me when my six year-old daughter Katheryn was being chased by her seven year-old old brother Peter, and one of his friends.
What torments the two boys had planned for her, I have no idea, but she was having none of it.
She leapt into a tree and scrambled like a monkey to the uppermost limbs, her pursuers hot on her tail. But they were too heavy for the slender branches to which she’d scrambled.
|Katheryn the monkey.
As she clung to her lofty perch, taunting the two boys, it occurred to me that I’d like to write something in the voice of a girl—a girl older than Katheryn was at the time, but with similar spirit. It took me a while to get around to it—almost twenty years—but here it is. The White Cannibal.
Likes & Dislikes
Like: I love solitude and I love company—interesting company—company simply for company’s sake…nah.
Dislike: People who slather on too much perfume. They obviously find their personal aroma unpleasant. If they don’t like it, I probably won’t either.
Like: Dogs. The noted psychiatrist Sigmund Freud claimed: "Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate in their object relations."
Dislike: People who lock their car remotely, accompanied by a blast of the horn, while I’m standing next to it.
Like: Well-mannered people. I don’t believe it’s necessary to act like a jerk just because you’ve seen it done in the movies.
Dislike: Slaves to fashion—especially men who grow that little tuft of hair beneath their lower lip because someone in GQ did. Ironically it’s known as a soul patch!
Like: Those who actually research a controversial topic rather than simply falling in with the flock—in other words, a human rather than a sheep.
Dislike: Someone who tries to force their particular brand of religion down my throat.
Like: A good sense of humor. People who don’t take themselves too seriously.
The White Cannibal grips you relentlessly because you know this could actually happen. I found the amazing reality of modern day Africa more fascinating and frightening than any mythical setting.Geoff Robertson
The White Cannibal takes you on an unforgettable journey. You become part of the book.Robin Cornish
This is an incredible adventure superbly told! The White Cannibal is without doubt the best book I’ve read in a long time.Matt Selfridge
Apart from being a wonderful story, it opened my eyes to some of the horrors that are going on—right now—in this tortured country.
Daina Roxborough is my heroine. I can’t wait to read the next book in her ongoing adventure.Trudi Cristl
Totally believable! The White Cannibal took me on an amazing journey into a frighteningly real place! It is one of those rare books that will remain with me for many years.Hannah Houston
The White Cannibal took me into the heart of Africa. As Daina puts it—‘terrifying and exhilarating at the same time’.Brad Caslin-Smith
In The White Cannibal, the equally fascinating and daunting reality of darkest Africa itself replaces the controlled environments of science fiction. A truly scary place. I loved it!Jan Bethly
I was born in Sydney, Australia a long time ago. But I'm still a kid at heart—at least that’s what my friends tell me.
Most of these friends have, at various times during my life, suggested that it might be time for me to grow up. “Don’t be ridiculous,” I tell them. “Why would anyone want to do that?”
Whenever I’ve asked someone about their favorite time in life they usually tell me it was when they were ‘young and crazy’ rather than when they were ‘mature and sensible’.
The only bad thing I can think of about not growing up is that people sometimes don’t take you seriously. But then does this really matter?
Whenever I do something inappropriate for my age (some would call it 'childish'), the people who know me don’t say, “What an idiot!” they just nod their heads and remark, “What do you expect from that clown Lawson?”
But I can be serious sometimes. If you’re going to write a book you have to take the project seriously or you’d never get past the first page. In writing a book of fiction you are entering a world of fantasy. I think it’s okay to be serious about a fantasy world.
I just try not to allow it to smudge into real life.
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