Interview with Chris Mercer

What's the story behind your latest book?
Bev and I sold up, and moved to a piece of land in the Kalahari. Wildlife has always been our passion. we wanted to start a wildlife sanctuary, using our own savings. Wow! we never anticipated the hostility towards our efforts by conservation authorities. "There is no conservation value in wildlife rehabilitation" was their mantra.
So we had to fight for our rights. Four years and two visits to the Constitutional Court later, we finally shook off the dead hand of bureaucracy. Now we could focus on rescuing wildlife. And we did. Kalahari Dream is our story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was invaluable. Neither Bev nor I are too tech-savvy, but the Publishing Guide steered us through the format jungle.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Campaigning against canned lion hunting in South Africa. We founded an NGO years ago called Campaign Against Canned Hunting, which is very active on social media. We educate and raise awareness of this important conservation and animal welfare issue.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Kalahari Dream
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 84,340. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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A book for animal lovers. From the authors of the critically acclaimed book 'For the Love of Wildlife' comes a compelling true story of one couple's struggle against overwhelming opposition from conservation authorities, to set up a wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Kalahari.