Ryder White is the star of FAR IN THE WILDS, the digital prequel novella to A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS. In this blog I wrote for Writerspace, I chatted a bit about the man himself.
FAR IN THE WILDS introduces Ryder White, one of the most dynamic men I’ve ever written. Canadian by birth, Ryder makes his home in British East Africa, earning his living as a jack-of-all-trades. He owns farms and a string of small stores that keep his colonial neighbors supplied with the basics, but his passion his guiding, and he is the most sought-after hunter in all of Kenya. He’s also the most sought-after bed partner, with scores of seductions to his credit. From safari clients to colonial wives, Ryder has had his pick of beautiful women and the one he encounters in FAR IN THE WILDS is a pale prelude to the scandalous and outrageous Delilah Drummond, a disgraced flapper with a string of broken hearts and a pair of dead husbands to her credit.
But Ryder is a match for her with his own larger-than-life personality–a personality inspired by the real-life men who settled British East Africa. Some were aristocrats, some criminals, some farmers, and some lovers, but they were all men with ideas too big for anything smaller than Africa to hold them. One of the most intriguing was Denys Finch Hatton. Aviator, hunter, and lover of Karen Blixen, he was immortalized by Robert Redford’s portrayal in “Out of Africa”. He was a golden boy, handsome and charming, with a taste for danger and an uncompromising spirit. He was also, I found out during my research, a distant cousin of mine. Something about that blood connection made his story all the more interesting and poignant, and I read every book I could get my hands on about Finch Hatton and his short life. He was a pioneer and a buccaneer, a wanderer with the soul of a poet, and I hope that a little of him lives in Ryder.