This is the official blog of THE AFRIKA REICH trilogy. Here you’ll find the A to Z of THE AFRIKA REICH (written between 2011-13) and the A to Z of THE MADAGASKAR PLAN (2015-17). There are also a few words about BOOK 3. I always like hearing from readers, so feel free to leave a comment and if you want to know anything about the characters or world I've created, just ask.
Saturday, 23 January 2016
T(1) is for TRAVEL, an introduction
Blink... and five months
have passed since I last posted an entry on this blog. Where does the time go?
It’s quite shocking the speed at which life passes. Anyway, I’m soon to be
moving on to pastures new so I’m going to make a determined effort to finish this
blog. Expect an entry a week now till it’s done. This new determination is
going to start with the TRAVEL I undertook for The Madagaskar Plan.
One of the things that
disappointed me about the first book was that I never visited the places I was
writing about (see Q is for...). Mostly this was because they were too
dangerous. Although Madagascar is one of the poorest countries on the planet,
it is safe; so for the second book I was determined to travel there and walk
the same ground as my characters. There’s something about being in the real
locations that gives you an edge over just reading about them: it’s
understanding the topography from a specific point; the hue of the light at
sunset; the smell of the earth. All details you could never imagine.
Another reason for making
the trip was that some of the locations in The
Madagaskar Plan were so obscure there’s very little information about them
to be found anywhere, either on-line or in specialist libraries. Going was the
only way of knowing.
Early on in the plotting of Madagaskar I knew Burton would follow a
certain route and I wanted to travel it myself. So I’m going to dedicate
several entries in this blog to the places I visited, starting with Tana, one
of the key locations for the exchanges between Hochburg and Globus, the
governor of Madagaskar. Before then you can get a preview of my research trips in this piece I wrote for Bookbrunch: Click here to read on...