I am Lawrence, writing as Don Darkes. This choice of pseudonym is due to the fact that I am also writing a Biographical memoir provisionally titled, Darkest Africa My Life of Crime, the life story of an incredible man, Don Darkes, who was given this identity, at birth, in order to keep a secret and the fact that like him, my given name is also an accident of birth concealing my true heritage. I am fifty-something and have been ecstatically married for over three decades to my incredible wife Dianne who bore me three miracle children. After repudiating my Psychology degree in the mid-seventies I served my mandatory National Military Service in a clandestine, top-secret unit stationed in (then) Rhodesia -for which I received a medal. (The subject of a novel in progress) During the eighties, at the height of apartheid, together with (then illegal) “black” partners I built a successful manufacturing company which I sold to buy the yacht upon which I was shipwrecked together with my wife Diane, our five year old son Bill and four year old daughter Morgan. After returning destitute to South Africa I rode a ripple in the dot.com wave and cashed in my Internet start-up in order to distribute rare organic chocolate and to research a challenging historical novel, The Madagascar Plan, which explores an intriguing link between the Jewish Holocaust and Madagascar. Currently, together with my wife, son and two daughters we reside high off the ground amongst the branches of a Casuarina tree as the family works together to build another yacht whilst I also work on several books that have as a common denominator, my love of history and my belief that fact is stranger and far more interesting than fiction.
- Tilting the Windmill to Harness the Wind
- sea shoes
- My first Novel!
- National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo.
- Toms Favourite Tool
- Sounds of the Bush?
- Three Donkeys
- Long Walk to Wee Some. ( With Apologies to Nelson Mandela)
- D-Day and Pisces Day are one and the Same
- Who Wants to Live Forever?
- Rosetta Stone Dream
- Letters to and from a Prospective Agent.
- Is it a Yacht or a Treehouse?
- Walk In Movies Boatyard Style
- Codenames and Family
- My First Publishers Acceptance Letter
- Barns And Nobles- The South African way! by Luna Darkes
- Living with My Family in a Tree