Author: Darrell Phiri
Genre: Political Thriller
Length: 240 pages
Release Date: February 20, 2015
During the apartheid era a group of individuals from different racial segments met to discuss ways of expanding their business into all areas of the country. They worked together and used economies of scale to obtain a competitive advantage over their competitors in the various group areas. Their association went unnoticed until one of their members was caught at an illegal gathering and information was leaked that he was funding freedom fighters. With the intelligence agency suddenly interested in them the group begins to crumble as Paul obtains a wanted status for his affiliation with the terrorists.
AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS
Darrell Nkholoma Phiri was born on May 30th 1992 in Ashford, Middlesex, United Kingdom. Darrell’s parents are Zambian and he spent four years in Brisbane, Australia undertaking his tertiary studies. He began writing when he was 18 as his mother fell ill from breast cancer. Since then he has become passionate about reading and writing. He has self-published two novels based on Zambia prior to this.
His book “The Secret Society” was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom”. He is interested in becoming a Zambian politician at a later stage in his life if the opportunity arises. Darrell is a BA(Hons) graduate.
How I came up with characters in the book
The character of Father Bob was inspired by a Jesuit priest that called Bob. I really admire this man and how he displays his faith. In my opinion Father Bob is a priest who understands that we are human beings and therefore we cannot be perfect. I was drawn to him because I feel comfortable discussing anything with him and I wanted the character to be similar.
The character of Maureen was inspired by one of my mother’s friends. I admire her because when she became a widow she was able to carry on with her business’s and deal with numerous problems in her husband’s absence.
The members of the Rainbow Group were not inspired by any individuals they just came as I went along, but the idea for the Rainbow Group came when I was reading Nelson Mandela’s book “The Long walk to freedom”. There is a part when he spoke about the group areas and I knew within myself that whenever there were barriers there would always be those who tried to work around it.
The main character Paul’s living situation came to me when I read how Mandela pretended to be a gardener on a Caucasian persons farm when he went underground. This made me think that if there were black and white couples who wanted to live together, then this would be a viable solution. The black person could pretend to be a worker.
How I came up with the story
The story was mainly inspired by Nelson Mandela’s “The Long Walk to Freedom” book, “Catch a fire” The movie and “Cry freedom” the movie. This coupled with researching various articles allowed my imagination to create this book.
My favourite character in the book
My favourite character in the book is Paul however Leon Kruger was an fascinating villain and therefore was interesting to think about.
Music I listened to while writing-Artists and song etc
Usually when I am reading through and editing my work I like to listen to classic music such as “Now we are free” by Enya or “Dare to live” by Andrea Boceili. When I was feeling inspired to write I would listen to Florence and the Machine. “Only if for a night”/”Breath of life”/”Spectrum