For decades, I knew I had stories from the South Pacific that demanded to be told, stories so compelling listeners suggested they belonged on the big screen. Yet, the journey to share these tales began with a serendipitous meeting on a Thai riverboat in 1993, where a friend shared them with an English author intrigued by the South Pacific. This encounter led him to suggest I should be the one to write the stories.
Embracing the challenge, I realized writing was akin to gourmet cooking: I needed the perfect recipe, the finest ingredients, and the right guests to appreciate the final dish. This realization sparked a thirty-year odyssey across the globe, gathering old letters, diaries, and firsthand accounts to infuse authenticity and depth into my narratives. In 1994, armed with determination and replacing an old typewriter with a word processor for efficiency, I began my writing journey.
After eight years and countless hours, I had completed two novels but faced the daunting world of publishing as a novice. Initial attempts in 2002 to publish met with interest but also proposals to change my "recipe," leading to a pause in my quest. However, the pandemic in 2020 provided an unexpected catalyst. Secluded and reflective, I dusted off my manuscripts, feeling an urgent need to finally share my stories.
Two revisions and nine months later, I reached out to a literary agent friend who knew just the right publisher. On my 80th birthday in 2021, I received the call that would change everything: my stories, written entirely by myself, were to be published. In Search of the Cannibal King and Cannibal King were released to the world in 2021, marking the beginning of a new chapter in my life and offering a testament to the power of perseverance and the fulfillment of a dream long-held.
Please let my story be a reminder: never give up on your dreams, no matter how long it takes to realize them.
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Based on Real Events! An inspiring account of a man exploring an exotic culture… Perfect for lovers of adventure and historical fiction.
What would drive a man to leave civilization behind and live out his life among cannibals?
In l847, John Rumell jumps ship, ending up on a Marquesas island inhabited by cannibals. There, he becomes infatuated with the chief’s daughter and submits to tribal tattooing.
Soon after, the temptress rejects him. Broken and permanently branded, which prohibit him from returning to civilization, Rumell leaves the tribe, wandering aimlessly about the island. . . READ MORE