Woman who spent much of her life in Africa has written a novel based on her experiences (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Woman who spent much of her life in Africa has written a novel based on her experiences
3:49pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A NORTH Yorkshire woman has written a novel inspired by the African locations she fell in love with in the country she still misses.
Alexandra Lenz, 69, now living in Osmotherley, first went to Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, when she was 18 to live with her brother who was working there after their parents died.
Later, she and husband Roger Stevens lived and worked in Africa for many years, but after retiring and returning to England she wrote her novel, The Means of Death.
She said: “We had a fabulous time in Africa, the people were wonderful. We lived in Sudan, Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa.
“At first I found work as a PA for the chief of mission of the World Health Organisation, then for a financial director of Lever Brothers, and later for UNESCO.
“But then it got difficult for ex-patriot spouses to work because the Government wanted to keep jobs for nationals – which was a shame because many of us had skills that were useful.”
She drew inspiration from some of her many experiences from travelling around the world but based her novel in Africa.
The Means of Death is a detective thriller set in Zambia, Central Africa, the main protagonist a detective chief inspector who is hindered by an incompetent female constable and a small team of detectives.
She said: “The story includes the exotic plant life, heat, smells, birds, mah-jong of Africa.”
The Means of Death, £7.99, can be ordered from high street stores and Amazon and is published by Feedaread.
Her next book Shades of Despair will be out for Christmas.
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