Are They All Heartless

Author Interview
Steven. B Clegg Author Interview

Blood in the Medicine Bowl is a riveting story exploring the consequences of poaching and kidnapping. What was the inspiration for your story?

My story has its origins in my desire to do something concrete to protect the poaching of wild animals, specifically in the context of South Africa. There has been a very tragic demise of the rhino population due to the greed of criminal syndicates. The more I read and heard about it, the more distressed I became. I wanted to write about this tragedy, but I realized that this ongoing story of plunder, smuggling and greed was well-covered in the worldwide news media. I wanted to go deeper than the news articles and television reports, I really wanted to penetrate the thinking of the criminals involved. I asked myself a question: Are they all heartless, greedy and savage gangsters? Or are some just uninformed traders who view elephant ivory and rhino horn as I would see a fillet of salmon on my dinner plate? So, I began my research into rhino-horn poaching. I realized that I empathize strongly with game rangers, conservationists and police. I came up with a list of possible characters that would be necessary to make this kind of story work. I found that I needed game rangers, detectives, poachers, crime-syndicate kings and even diamond smugglers. I wanted to focus on South Africa, but I also needed to include characters and events in Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The characters in the story are interesting and well-developed. What are some of the driving ideas behind your characters’ development?

If you are writing a crime story, it is crucial to have lovable crime-fighting heroes. So I developed a game ranger who had an almost fatherly, human affection for his animals. Next I fashioned two more characters. These were two steely detectives who are dead set on success in their careers. These detectives are passionate about their jobs and work relentlessly to put crime-kings behind bars. As my story has its heroes, so its villains are equally vital. I spent a lot of time crafting these characters, in a way that readers would despise their wickedness but also marvel at their prosperity and trickery.

What are some of the themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

For me justice is a really key issue. For wildlife and environmental lovers, it is heart- wrenching to read our daily news reports about the smuggling of animal parts and destruction of habitats. We want to hear of successful breakthroughs against the perpetrators. For the game rangers and activists who work hard everyday to protect and conserve species and environments, I want them to see victories. Another important theme is about redemption for the bad guys. Yes, most people want to see justice, but equally I want to hear that criminals see the error of their ways then turn around and become reformed. Does religion play a part? My novel explores this too.

What is the next book you are working on and when will it be available?

My next book is a children’s book for learners at Elementary School, Grades 1 -4. I am co-authoring this book, Arnie and the Space Rock, with Joshua Adams. We are expecting it to be published by December 2021. This book is an endearing story that will appeal both to children and adults as a modern moral fable. I believe that this book’s USP (unique selling point) is that it combines a good story with environmental education. It is written in the context of global warming, climate change, environmental destruction and various other stresses on our planet.

Author Links: Good Tree Fruit Media | Facebook

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