Karin McQuillan (Senegal 1972) writes,
I was looking for a new hobby to balance out my work as a psychotherapist. I was an avid mystery reader, and I had two subjects I very much wanted to write about – Africa and wildlife. I’d been in the Peace Corps, and just come back from a wildlife safari, which was a joyful experience, and thought it would be fun to put all those things together. My only problem was that I had never written anything and didn’t have a clue how to write a mystery – so first I had to learn how to write.
I was in the Peace Corps in West Africa, and then went to Kenya three times on safari. I read hundreds of books on Africa – culture, history, wildlife, anthropology, fiction. And I subscribed to the Nairobi daily paper, to get detailed local color. As a result, I had Americans who actually do live in Kenya ask me how many years I lived there. I’ve had an outfitter ask me how long I was an outfitter. The best compliment – a Kikuyu medical student who read my books wrote a complimentary letter asking, ‘How do you understand us so well?
The facts about Africa in my book are as accurate as I can make them — I actually had the last three books fact-checked by Lynn Leakey, an American safari guide who married into the famous Leakey family in Kenya, who became a great fan of the series.
I emailed Karen for her comments but have not heard back from her.
Deadly Safari (An African Wildlife Mystery – Book 1)
Elephants’ Graveyard (An African Wildlife Mystery – Book 2)
Cheetah Chase (An African Wildlife Mystery – Book 3)
Fossil: Murder in the Serengeti (An African Wildlife Mystery – Book 4)