I grew up in South Africa and has always loved writing. I started my first book aged six typing with one finger on my father’s green Smith-Corona typewriter. It's still incomplete as I was distracted by swimming.
I was an English and music teacher before almost losing my sense of humour (and mind) and deciding I needed to devote herself to the thing I loved most after swimming- writing. I published a number of children’s musicals and then became a full-time television scriptwriter for children, working on an award winning children’s show, Kideo. Putting words in a donkey’s mouth was the best fun a girl could ever have. I entered a nationwide scriptwriting competition and was selected to be on the writing team of a popular soap, Generations. Putting words in the mouths of adult actors was enjoyable too, even though they were then translated into one of the other eleven official South African languages, and not always correctly. This wasn’t as much fun as making the donkey sing Queen songs.
I've worked as an advertising copywriter, wrote radio ads and jingles, educational textbooks and readers...anything writing related to keep the wolf from the door. Basically, I'm constantly writing, books and TV scripts and if not that then plotting, planning and scheming how to take over the world. When this finally happens, I will appoint the donkey as Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
Like Qea, the feisty heroine in the Blue Dust Trilogy, I understand something about being an alien after I embarked on a new journey, crossing the galaxy to settle on a new planet (England) many moons ago. Some like to call this process 'immigration'. I'm now the proud possessor of a maroon Intergalactic Wayfarer Permit and have come to love the aliens I mix with daily. I hope to one day finish the story about the otter. Unless I go swimming.
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