June 08 , 2021
Listen up! Sherry Knowlton has a six-episode podcast series about African safaris 🦁
As a companion piece to her African safari novel Dead on the Delta, the newest book in the Alexa Williams suspense series, Sherry Knowlton has released a limited edition podcast series.
In Dead on the Delta: An African Adventure, Knowlton has shared six thirty-minute segments focusing on her own travels to Africa, wildlife research, wildlife poaching, and how to plan a safari. Several of the shows included guest experts.
To make things a bit easier for our Sunbury Press faithful, we've grouped together all six podcast episodes so that you can listen to it all in one place. We hope you enjoy.
(Fun tidbit: the logo for the podcasts is an African folk painting that Knowlton found in a tiny roadside shop while traveling in Uganda.)
Episode #1: The inspiration for the podcast and Knowlton's novel Dead on the Delta
“Traveling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
This initial episode introduces the podcast series and discusses Knowlton's inspiration for the African safari novel, Dead on the Delta, with publicist Kim Lehman. Lehman introduces Sherry Knowlton and talks about the novel's themes and its relationship to earlier books in the Alexa Williams suspense series.
Lehman is the president of K.A.L. Public Relations. For the past five years, she has been an integral part of Knowlton’s PR/marketing team, helping promote the Alexa Williams suspense series and now the latest novel, Dead on the Delta.
Episode #2: On Safari in the Okavango Delta
“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.” – Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)
This episode focuses on Sherry Knowlton’s experiences on safari and doing research for the book on Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Knowlton will introduce listeners to Botswana and the Okavango Delta and the wildlife she’s seen there. She’ll also discuss a typical day on safari, why she’s drawn to the Okavango, and her month spent in Botswana gathering information to write Dead on the Delta.
Episode #3: Life as a Lion Researcher: An interview with Robynne Kotze
“If I have ever seen magic, it’s been in Africa” – John Hemingway
In this episode, Sherry Knowlton interviews Robynne Kotze. Kotze works with WildCRU’s Trans-Kalahari Predator Programme where her research includes camera trap surveys of the Okavango Delta and other protected areas in Botswana and completing field work to examine connectivity between the western Okavango Delta and Namibia, aligning with the program’s goals to establish secure corridors for lion movement.
Kotze joined the podcast via telephone from Botswana. In her background preparation for writing Dead on the Delta, Knowlton spent time with Kotze in the Okavango bush, observing Kotze’s work.
Episode #4: Wildlife Poaching, a Dirty Business
“One cannot resist the lure of Africa” — Rudyard Kipling
In this episode, Sherry Knowlton focuses on the research trip she took to Botswana before she wrote Dead on the Delta and some of the important information she learned while there. Knowlton also provides a high-level overview of the illegal wildlife trade and some of the damage illegal poaching is doing to critical African wildlife species such as lions, elephants, rhinos and pangolins.
Episode #5: Tips for Taking a Safari
“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to.” -- Richard Mullin
Sherry Knowlton is joined by travel expert Donald Roebuck from AAA Central Penn Travel. Roebuck has been a travel agent for fourteen years and specializes in adventure and luxury travel. One of his key focus areas is Africa, which he’s visited multiple times. Roebuck talks about the options travelers have when considering an African safari, such as countries, budget, accommodations, transportation and more.
Knowlton shares some of her go-to tips for planning and packing for an adventure in Africa, developed over the course of many safaris. They also address some common questions people have about safaris and their own experiences in the African wild.
Episode #6: Writing What You Know
“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere else on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same.” -Brian Jackman
On this sixth and final episode of her limited podcast series, Sherry Knowlton is joined by her husband and travel companion, Mike Knowlton. Together they share a few anecdotes from their many safaris. Some of the stories are amusing. Some might make you gulp. Keep in mind, they’re both here to tell the tale. Tune in and accompany Sherry and Mike on this latest African adventure.
About Sherry Knowlton
Sherry Knowlton is the author of the Alexa Williams series of suspense novels including Dead of Spring and Dead of Winter. Passionate about books at an early age, she was that kid who would sneak a flashlight to bed at night so she could read beneath the covers. All the local librarians knew her by name. When not writing the next Alexa Williams thriller, Knowlton works with her health care consulting business or travels around the world. She and her husband live in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania. Learn more at SherryKnowlton.com.
About the Novel
Alexa Williams is about to become one of the hunted.
When Alexa Williams agrees to spend four months doing lion research with boyfriend Reese, she looks forward to witnessing the elemental life and death struggle of the African wild. But she never imagines she’ll become one of the hunted on the famed Okavango Delta. In the latest Alexa Williams suspense novel, the kick-ass lawyer tangles with elephant poachers and conservation politics on the African continent.
“Every page of Dead on the Delta radiates Knowlton’s love and knowledge of this unique part of our planet and highlights its potential for disaster. Knowlton’s suspenseful book sets the beauty of the Okavango against the dangers that lurk there.” -- Michael Stanley, author of the Detective Kubu series, also set in Botswana
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