Title: Gideon: Boer Blood
Genre: Adventure/Historic Fiction
Synopsis: By 1902 the war was over. It has taken three years and 330,000 soldiers to hammer 30,000 Boer men and boys into submission. The British employed a scorched earth policy and removed the women and children on the farms to stop the Boer Commandoes from obtaining supplies. Also with ammunition in short supply the Boers signed the Treaty of Peace of Vereeniging on May31 1902. The Boers were forced to surrender their arms and sign a declaration of allegiance to the Queen. Paul Kruger, the Boer leader, left the country, but prior to him leaving, he attempted to negotiate a deal with Holland and Germany for arms and ammunition in exchange for gold. The arms and ammunition reached the port of Lorenco Marques, but the gold, sent by Kruger, went missing. It never reached the port, so the ships sailed for home.
Into this chaos of the aftermath of the war with men, woman and children trying to make it back to the farms, Gideon Barron, an Irishman born in South Africa is accused of helping to steal the gold and hunted by his fellow Boers for treason. With the help of what becomes his friends, he attempts to prove his innocence. Travelling across, what was then, the Transvaal Republic they follow the path of the robbers. Meanwhile, the true robbers manage to get away with most of the gold, some travelling into the Portuguese Protectorate of Mozambique and some beyond, but some gold is left behind due to a misunderstanding.
This is just one of the many stories about the disappearance of the gold. According to many stories, the gold never left South Africa. Some say the gold was worth £500,000 in the value of that time. Some say that there was no gold, and that the boxes were filled with ammunition destined for the Boer Commandoes fighting on the front.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is International Author Malcolm Colley. Malcolm’s love of his native South Africa is apparent in the descriptive writing of his fifth book, Gideon: Boer Blood. Welcome to my blog, Malcolm.
CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?
MC: Gideon Barron is accused of being involved in the robbery of Kruger’s gold. Wounded, but he finally proves his innocence.
CH: Since this book is about history, how much is fact and how much is fiction?
MC: The fiction is interwoven with fact, so approximately 30 percent fact.
CH: Where did you get the inspiration for this book?
MC: The disappearance of Kruger’s gold has always intrigued me. There are many stories, myths and legends about the whereabouts of this treasure. In this work of fiction adventure, I have put forward one possibility. I grew up in this area amongst these people, whose stories to their grandchildren in the lamplight around the kitchen table, tell of the gold that may have changed the course of the war, told with the bitterness against the English.
CH: Did you have to do a lot of research for this book?
MC: All the locations were revisited by the author together with Google and book searches.
CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?
MC: The whole concept of the story is thought of and the detail is filled in as the story unfolds.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your historical writing style?
MC: I try to keep the story fast flowing with not too much fine detail and short enough to hold attention from start to finish.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
MC: Having grown up with the type of characters in the story and having spent my teenage years in the bush, the situations were taken from real life and elaborated.
CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?
MC: Inspiration of the characters came from memories of people that I knew and from my own experiences.
CH: Which character was hardest to write?
MC: It was most difficult to write about the females, to try to think as a young lady. I was helped by my female editor.
CH: Which character was your favorite to write?
MC: My favorite character is the main character.
CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?
MC: I would like to work with any historian because of my interest in most history.
CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?
MC: It is difficult to say which writer I admire the most. For style, I would say Louis L’Amour, and for pure pleasure I would say Lee Child.
CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
MC: There is no intended message in the story.
CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from your readers for this book?
MC: My website is not yet set up, so I am not receiving much feedback, except from friends and family, which has been positive.
CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making soon?
MC: I have started two new stories. The first one has the Battle of Blood River as the background. The second one, which seems to be progressing, has the South African history of the 1980’s about a young man struggling to save his marriage by choosing between his occupation and family life.
CH: Can you give my audience your website address?
MC: I am in the process of setting up my website.
CH: How to Find Malcolm Colley:
- Malcolm’s Bio Page: http://bit.ly/2qwi5ef
- Malcolm’s Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2p1jUAh
- Malcolm’s Author Page: http://amzn.to/2pLnbTk
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
MC: The book is available on all the Amazon sites in paperback and kindle.
CH: Any closing remarks?
MC: My writing comes from my love of history and adventure, at present of the South African bush, but could take place anywhere. Cheryl, thank you for the interview.
CH: Thank you so much, Malcolm Colley, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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