Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal
My New Career as Don Darkes is the summation of experiences earned over more than half a century. I was born Lawrence Huntingdon-Rusch adopted and then reborn in 2012 as the Writer Don Darkes. My choice of pseudonym is due partly o the fact that I am penning a Biographical Memoir provisionally titled, My Life of Crime. This is the life story and memoir of an intriguing man, Don Darkes, who was marked with this identity, at birth, in order to maintain a secret and the fact that like him, my given name is also an accident of birth concealing my true heritage. The irony in this tickles my love of the bizarre and my sense of the ridiculous. Following a number of exciting and successful careers in Building, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Franchising and Entrepreneurship I find myself combining them all into my new role as an Author. I repudiated my Psychology degree in the mid-seventies prior to serving my mandatory National Military Service in a top-secret Electronic Warfare unit, clandestinely deployed in Rhodesia, (Now Zimbabwe) a horrendous episode, for which I later received a medal. (The subject of a novel in progress) During the eighties, at the height of apartheid, together with (then) illegal “black” partners I built a successful manufacturing company. Following a series of traumatic events I sold it and opted-out to buy the yacht upon which I was shipwrecked together with my wife, our five year old son and four year old daughter. After returning destitute to South Africa I rode a ripple in the dot.com wave and sold my Internet start-up in order to distribute rare organic chocolate and to research a challenging historical novel exploring an intriguing link between the Jewish Holocaust and Madagascar. Currently, together with my wife, son and two daughters we reside high off the ground amongst the branches of a Casuarina tree whilst my fantastic family builds another yacht and I work on several books with a common denominator; my love of history and my belief that fact is stranger and far more interesting than fiction. I recently completed my first book, a Non-Fiction Travel Adventure Memoir, Pisces and the Sailfish and am working on two more non-fiction books and four Historical or fact-based novels. At the same time I am building a yacht, together with my amazing wife and three incredible children so that we can travel the world together and gather new experiences.