Thursday, 21 November 2013

Book Blitz & Author Interview: Dominance: South Africa by John Whitaker

Author: John Whitaker
Release Date: Nov 21, 2013
Publisher: The Zharmae Publishing Press
Genre: Action /Adventure
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Book Description: 
When the CIA receives word that there will be an assassination attempt on South African President Nelson Mandela, there is only one man to send in to stop the would be assassin in his tracks. DAVID REASONS! 

As the journey sets into the dark, unfiltered recesses of Africa, David is faced with crooked law enforcement, a racist culture plaguing politicians, and an ex-military sharp shooter.

From the moment David is planted in South Africa, he is alone. There are no trusted allies to protect him and the African National Congress cannot even acknowledge his existence. He must move in the shadows and remain out of reach of Eugene den Kamp, the ruthless, power hungry member of Dominance, and on his own, find and kill the hired assassin. But with no one to turn to and no way out, David will have to decide if his life is worth his cause.

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Author Bio:
John Whitaker was born in India to parents who were medical missionaries. They left and moved to St. Catharines, Ontario when John was only six months old. His life was idyllic as a child until his mother died when he was twelve. His father remarried and a fractious relationship with his stepmother began, ending only when he went off to the Royal Military College in Kingston. Although unhappy at home, he enjoyed his time in high school and, in his last year, won first prize in the yearbook poetry contest for his sonnet about Macbeth. He also was given a ten dollar prize for the poem by the University Women’s Club, and a writing career was born. But no, at Military College he studied Mechanical Engineering and went into the RCAF after graduating. After his twenty-year career maintaining and designing aircraft, he moved on to Spar Aerospace as an operations manager. This career lasted only three years—John was not to be a “captain of industry” and got fired. He then moved over to the marine environment as first a project manager for the reconstruction of the Coast Guard bases at Prescott and Parry sound, Ontario and then as regional manager of Marine Navigation Services. After twelve years of this career, John suffered a heart attack and decided working for someone else was not for him. He retired in Sarnia, Ontario and began writing. After many false starts and side tracks when he and his wife Lynda trailered through most Canadian provinces and many American states, Dominance: South Africa was completed. He and Lynda now reside in Toronto, Ontario, where he is hard at work—this time for himself—on future Dominance adventures.

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~ Interview with John Whitaker ~ 

Tell us a little bit about yourself :
I am a retired RCAF engineer, aerospace manager (Spar) and public service Executive (Coast Guard,) who loves reading, writing, and sports. I grew up in St. Catharines Ontario, was educated in Mech Eng at the Royal Military College where my favourite activity was playing football. I now live in Toronto with my wife, Lynda and have been writing since my retirement in 1994.

What inspired you to write about South Africa and Nelson Mandela?
I truthfully don’t remember. I recall being amazed at this great man’s attitude and grace when he was released from prison in the late 80’s. His statement that, if he didn't give up his hatred, he would still be in prison, struck a chord with me.

Have you ever traveled to South Africa?  No.

When did you decide to become a writer and what inspired you?
I decided in 1994 that I was going to become a writer after I retired in. The inspiration actually came from a high school teacher who, after I won the senior poetry contest, tried to convince me to become a writer and not an engineer.

How much research do you do for your books?
I have spent most of my adult life observing people – how they act and react to certain situations. This curiosity extends to places as well. My wife and I have traveled extensively, so my brain has a lot of info about many places When I began to write Dominance – South Africa, I spent a lot of time in reference libraries and later on the internet, as well as corresponding with people who knew about South Africa and about terrorists and spies.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Keeping up a steady writing pace. My mind likes to get an idea, put it in the story and then wonders what to do for the next step. I have to stop, do Sudoku or another puzzle, have a coffee break, etc., then during the time off I seem to get another idea.

What is the easiest thing about writing?
Putting the words together in a way that makes sense gives me great satisfaction. I guess it’s the coming up with the ideas – and I often have no idea from where they come – is the easiest part.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Maybe you should have listened to your High School English teacher and take English Lit instead of Engineering.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
As Winston Churchill once said to the new boys at the school he attended himself – Harrow, I think – “Never, never, never, never, never give up.”

What do you think? I am quite excited to read this book as its based in South Africa and about Nelson Mandela. Yes, yes - a little bit of patriotism going on here! Keep an eye out for my review!! 



  1. Lovely interview. It is always nice to hear that you don't have to major in English or literature to be a writer.

    1. Thank you Pamela :) I think as long as you have the passion and the desire, you can be anything you want!


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