Brian Duncan is our IndieReader Author Spotlight for this month, and he’s mapping the places from his novel The Settler. Set in Rhodesia (Now Zimbabwe) and South Africa, the novel follows an Englishman and his American companion who are caught up in old colonial wars. Brian lived in the the region for 12 years and spent much of his free time scouting locations for the story that he always had in his head. Upon resettling in Gettysburg in the U.S., Brian pieced together the story based on his knowledge of the two countries and published his book in 2012. The Settler won an IndieReader Discovery Award in 2013 in the Historical Fiction category.
Tim Knox of Interviewing Authors interviewed Brian for our Placing Literature podcast. Hear Brian talk about his use of place in his writing and get a preview of his new book, coming out later this year.
And don’t forget to check out the places in The Settler on PlacingLiterature.com.
International best-seller Corban Addison is our R.J. Julia’s Author Spotlight for June. Corban is a new breed of socially-conscience author, using fictional stories to highlight human suffering around the world. Corban’s first novel, A Walk Across the Sun spans three continents and two cultures while chronicling an unforgettable journey through the underworld of modern slavery and into the darkest, and most resilient, corners of the human heart. In addition to telling a captivating and heart-wrenching story, the novel sheds light on the underworld of global illegal commerce and provides additional information about how to learn more and get involved.
Corban’s second novel, The Garden of Burning Sand, combines the issues of child sexual assault and the plight of kids with intellectual disabilities in Zambia. The story follows the struggle of a young human rights lawyer and a local police officer as they try to bring justice for a young Zambian girl with Down Syndrome who is the victim of a brutal crime. Thwarted at every turn, they find themselves caught in a great clash between the forces of justice and power.
Corban bases his novels on real events, real people and real places, and he’s excited to share the locations where his books take place. We’ve also launched a Placing Literature podcast of which Corban is the first guest. Tim Knox of InterviewingAuthors.com is our host, and he will be talking to each of our Author Spotlights about their novels and the role of place in their writing. Take a listen to Tim’s conversation with Corban. It’s a fascinating tale of location scouting in the far reaches of the globe.
Explore the places in The Garden of Burning Sand and A Walk Across the Sun on Placing Literature.