Clair Cholajda was born in Kitwe, Zambia. Clair studied at Rhodes University and majored in English Literature, Sociology and Psychology and later completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Natal. After her first stint at university she spent four years working her way around the world, doing many lousy jobs and many that she was ill-equipped for. She got a job in Greece on a sailing yacht, cooking for charter guests. Clair had never sailed and seldom cooked. She hiked in Nepal, fell in love in Bali, sailed down the Nile in a felucca, lived in San Francisco, picked avocados in Israel and drank rum in the Caribbean.
In 2005 Clair and her husband and their two children went to East Africa on safari. Her trip inspired the writing of this novel. Clair fell in love with the African bush and was deeply moved by the world of safari and conservation and set up an internet-based company selling safaris, “the Tas-Tanz Connection”. She also has a small private clinical psychology practice in Hobart, Tasmania.
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