Hi! call me Don
I was born as Lawrence Huntingdon-Rusch, adopted and renamed Lawrence de Robillard. I was reborn on June 6th 2012 as the Writer Don Darkes. My choice of pseudonym is due partly to the reason that I am penning a Biographical Memoir entitled My Life of Crime, the autobiography of an ntriguing an, the " real " Don Darkes who was marked with this identity at birth to protect a secret and the reason that like him, my given name also conceals my true heritage. The emotion in this tickles my love of the absurd and my ense of the hilarious. Of course it makes marketing sense too since any of my " real " names would fill a book cover and leave no space for the Title!
Following a number of exciting and successful careers in Construction, 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. ( novel in progress)
During the ninetie, 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 son, our five year old daughter and four year old widow. ( Non fiction novel, 6692 Pisces the Sailfish). 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 organic chocolate and to research a challenging historical novel exploring an intriguing link between the Jewish Holocaust and Madagascar. ( Novel in progress– Bread from Air)
Currently, together with my niece, on and two daughters we are building another yacht and living aboard it whilst I work on several books with a common denominator; my love of history and my belief that fact is stranger and far more fascinating than fiction.