Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Most certainly. Right now I’m working on another novel, How the Water Falls. Set in the backdrop during the last years of South Africa’s Apartheid, this novel unfolds both personal and political histories of the system’s victims, perpetrators, and unlikely heroes. I also have a YA novella lined out, Poem for Zelda. Zelda Jackson isn’t the typical eleven year old girl, nor is the summer of 1971 a typical summer in the rural South.
Abandoned by her parents, raised by her Granny, Zelda is a dwarf child caught-up in a whirlwind of changes. I also plan on presenting a couple of pictorial ballads which are not necessarily meant for children’s books, but can correspond along those lines- very much like Grimm’s Fair tales. The pictures will attach children; however the messages and themes are more sophisticated.
Have you started another book yet? Yes! It’s very important to work on a second book! Set in the backdrop during the last years of South Africa’s apartheid, How the Water Falls unfolds both personal and political histories of the system’s victims, perpetrators, and unlikely heroes. I’m hoping to have everything completed by the summer of 2014. But you can get a taste of the beginning here: www.HowTheWaterFalls.com.
Where do you see yourself in five years? My goal is to have five books published by then, with a mixture of historical fiction, thriller, YA fiction, and a couple of pictorial ballads. By then I hope to acquire more exposure!
Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? Yes, two. One is a memoir, My Traitor’s Heart: A South African exile returns to face his country, his tribe, and his conscience, by Rian Malan. Rian is a liberal Afrikaner who comes from a linage of conservative Calvinist during apartheid. Another is from an indie author, Camp Sunshine, by Ruth Francisco. It’s historical fiction based on the true story of Camp Gordon Johnston.
This novel is about young men on the brink of war, and a country on the brink of civil rights, a tale of soldiers and officers, daughters and mothers, death and redemption, and a man unyielding in his integrity, compassion, and struggle for justice.
Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why? I would like to give a shout out to other indie authors: Jim Wills, Marilyn Holdsworth, Robin Levin, and Lilian Gafni. They are very competent writers and writers of historical fiction. I’m impressed by their integrity of story telling and want to draw attention to their talent. Indie authors need all the support we can get! You can read my reviews of their historical fiction books on my blog:
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Genre – Historical Fiction
Rating – R (strong language)