It took a chance meeting of two disparate characters to bring to life a book that had been smoldering separately in the hearts of each of them for decades.
Professor Don Ranney M.D., and Wellington Advertiser columnist and author Ray Wiseman discovered they had spent overlapping years in India and South Africa with faith-based service organizations.
But instead of personal satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment they had encountered cultural prejudices, political manoeuvering, racism, and personal discouragement.
During that chance meeting eight years ago, they decided to finally tell their stories by combining them and using a novel as the vehicle – a safe way to avoid personal recriminations.
Meet Ranney and Wiseman for the launch of the book, When Cobras Laugh, at Cherry Hill Entertainment, Fergus Marketplace, 125 Queen Street West on April 19, from 1 to 4pm.
Can’t make it? The book is available at Cherry Hill Entertainment or Roxanne’s Reflections, in Fergus.
When Cobras Laugh was published by Capstone Fiction, of Waterford, Virginia. It retails for $15.95.