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Veterinarian Lillian Drake is the only person who can save our souls from certain death, but first she must confront the truth hidden inside Africa’s mysterious voodoo culture. Born in Africa and almost killed on her tenth birthday by an unholy black leopard, Lillian Drake flees to the United States with her father, a Baptist missionary who promises her a “normal” life. Bound by her love of wild animals, Lill grows up to become a respected veterinarian. Twenty years after leaving Africa, the suspicious death of her husband and a sudden turn of events involving a white African elephant force Lill to return. Within hours of landing in Africa, Lill is faced with the reality of who and what she really is and discovers those whispered childhood stories of witchdoctors and the Mbali jungle are far more than simple superstitions. Voodoo and the ability to see souls sets her life in motion – and if she’s not careful, sorcery and black magic will end it.
“The White Elephant Kneels” was inspired by Roxana Gillett’s private month-long safari in the 1980s following the migration across the Serengeti-Mara in Africa. Lill’s story is based, in part, on Gillett’s own experiences, including the 12 years she spent as a wild animal trainer at Marine World Africa USA in California and a three-year stint as an “elephant broad” with Circus Vargas. She has raised and lived with 27 big cats, a mixture of lions and tigers, and one small bobcat with a serious attitude problem. Gillett taught Creative Writing on an Arts-in-Corrections grant at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, for three years. The class was held on “A-yard” in maximum security. The men were the worst of the worst, all lifers, and most of them in for murder. She found it an interesting challenge, a job she thoroughly enjoyed, and a book yet to be written.