Shumbachena White Lion is the first book published by Nicholas Stanton from Grange Park in West Swindon, whose childhood and young life spent in Zimbabwe inspired the story and its characters.
Focused on the life and experiences of a Save the Rhino ranger in the southern African bush, the adventure encounters wild animals, poachers and trips into other worlds populated by dwarves.
Commenting on his inspiration for the story Nicholas said: “The title of the book is taken from the nickname bestowed on me by my wife Patricia. I have based quite a few of the characters on my family and friends. In the book the professor’s wife is Jeanne Stanton, my mother, who sadly passed away one year after returning with us back to Swindon in 2000.”
Nick went to Zimbabwe as a 10 years old and returned to Swindon with his parents, as well as his wife and his daughter. "Africa is still very much in my memories," he said. "The experiences of my early days remain vivid in and I wanted to channel them.
"Shumbachena White Lion is the first of six or seven stories in a series I have planned."
Since publishing Nick has been busy building a social media following to promote the book and has already had interest from a film producer in South Africa who has enquired about turning his stories into a short film or perhaps a television series. "I was surprised to get the email and pleased my ideas have struck a chord," said Nick. "I hope we can work something out."
Nick is currently a security manager for a large firm in the town centre, but hopes one day to become a full time author.
See Nick talking about his writing on Swindon Viewpoint