#YourNextBeachRead is a way to introduce you to a new author and their works in the hopes that you’ll find the next book you want to take with you to the beach, the pool, or the comforts of air conditioning.
Today’s featured author is Theodore Josiha Haig, author of The Madikwe Conspiracy.
What’s your name and where are you from?
Theodore Josiha Haig. Permanent resident is Florida, from NYC
How long have you been writing? How did you start?
About 15 years. Started when I started traveling around the world. Been to 78 countries.
Who are some of your influences?
Mark Twain and my mother
What is your book about?
The ‘simultaneous’ deaths of the ranger and the four tourists as well as the White Rhino were designed to confuse investigators into believing that the crimes were related, at least during the early stages of the conspiracy.
Rhoda McVey had flown in from Zimbabwe. She and her firm have a history of being hired out “to manipulate the environment,” she would say, to influence a desired outcome. Among her clients had been the CIA. Hired by Mr. Sebastian’s confidant, she was the architect of the conspiracy, designed to recover the land taken from Mr. Sebastian’s Tswana ancestors.
Where did you get the idea?
I literally stayed at the Wadikwe Game Reserve in South Africa – my storytelling took off from here.
How long did it take you to finish it?
About 6 months.
Is this your first book, or have you written more than one?
This was my 5th published novel. I am having one publish as I write. And I am working on two more.
We all like to write about people we know, even if we never name them. Who are some people who inspired characters or situations?
All of the guys I grew up with in New York City – names and characters.
What’s your favorite scene in the book?
At the end of the book – Lieutenant Ansari looked around at the funeral of the billionaire just to get a sense of who was in attendance. And was caught by surprise when a woman who looked familiar (he thought she has something to do with the conspiracy) was found staring at him. She then winked and nodded her head, knowing she got away with the crime.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever got?
Mark Twain’s quote
“If you invent two or three people and turn them loose in your manuscript, something is bound to happen to them — you can’t help it; and then it will take you the rest of the book to get them out of the natural consequences of that occurrence, and so first thing you know, there’s your book all finished up and never cost you an idea.”
What’s the worst?
Where can we buy your book?
Theodore Josiha Haig, a father, grandfather, former school superintendent, previous international education consultant, traveler, devoted writer and author. Over the years, he has served as a superintendent of schools in Hartford, Connecticut and East Orange, New Jersey. And he taught graduate level courses in the graduate school of education at Qatar University while living in the Middle East for 11 years.