Michelle de Villiers

Biography

I am first and foremost a reader. I love languages: each language opens another door.

I enjoy writing children's stories, especially picture books.

I also paint and sculpt.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Africa. This has left me with a deep appreciation of nature, as well as an enjoyment of a variety of languages. I am a very visual person.
When did you first start writing?
I enjoyed scribbling and drawing since I could hold a pencil.
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Where to find Michelle de Villiers online


Books

Bumbershoot
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Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Death & Dying
Tara Brown's goldfish has died. A picture story about a small heartbreak.
The Star Bear Odyssey
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 460. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books
A science fiction fable with a touch of Poe and a twist of Dahl. A teeny water bear sits at play on her tiny meteor when another traveller crash-lands on her rocky home. And so unfolds a haiku horror picture story… Star Bear is a tough little tardigrade. Her story is told in the official verse of all aliens: haiku!
Life: An Ouroborosical Odyssey
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Series: A Cartoon Miscellany, Miscellany-Five. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 150. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
A collection of doodletoons done in ink and water colour, a wry visual reflection on everyday situations.
Let's Do the Brainwalk Again
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Series: A Cartoon Miscellany, Miscellany-Four. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
Irreverent doodles strictly for entertainment.
Rib-Ticklers
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Series: A Cartoon Miscellany, Miscellany-Three. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
Cartoons portraying some topical issues in a quizzical , whimsical way. It was the dawn of the ebook, the World Soccer Cup took place and almost everyone adopted an avatar.
Chortle and Snort
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Series: A Cartoon Miscellany, Miscellany-Two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 140. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
Comical doodles to light up the day.
The e-Incunabulum of Comical Inspiration
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Series: A Cartoon Miscellany, Miscellany-One . Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 170. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
A compendium of cartoons to stimulate your imagination...
The Sunflower That Roared
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 980. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Art
(4.39)
Sarah has a very sunny nature. That is why her mother calls her her little sunflower. But even sunflowers get grumpy when no one listens to them... A picture book to read with your 3-5 year old, especially if you like sunflowers.
Mary Scary
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 770. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
(5.00)
Meet madam Mary Scary, the greediest girl since the Enormous Crocodile left town. A satirical cross-genre story for ebook verme of all ages.
Moondoe Pup and Starbuck Hound's Chocolate Adventures
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 720. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
What happens when two bored dogs are left to baby-sit the Easter eggs? A rip-roaring mess!
Mangoes, Gloves and Coconuts
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
Megan's life is about to change. She'll be going to school soon for the first time. And there's a sibling on the way. So many big changes make Megan anxious. A special getaway to Mexico allows the family to prepare in more ways than one.
Emma's Houses
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 700. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Emma's house is up for sale. Can she prevent it? Where will she live now? Emma worries a lot. It's up to her to find a place for herself and her three cat friends Crumpet, Snowy and Cool Cat.
Quack-A-Doodle-Baa
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(4.50)
Pierre's best friends in the whole world are Babaa, Chanticleer and Jemima. However, Christmas time is a dangerous time for farm animals. Pierre has to come up with a plan to save his animal friends' lives, which involves his papa's dreams going up in smoke at the same time...
Matthew James, Animal Trainer
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 890. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Matthew James is a beast-whisperer. He has a special talent to tame the wild animals that invade his home every day. All he needs are his swimming goggles, a feather duster and the right attitude!
Daddy Longlegs
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Scrawny daddy longlegs Opi has a clever plan to beat his buddy Arach at winning a special lady longleg's friendship... until he discovers that she is a young lady who would like to swallow a spider! As she sets her eight peeps on him, he solves a mystery that makes all the difference.
Playing with Fire
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 980. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This story is based on the fascination both children and moths seem to share for fire. It is a story within a story, the inner conflict being that of a craving for glory in tandem with the outer conflict of danger and competition- issues children face in their personal relationships too.

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Smashwords book reviews by Michelle de Villiers

  • Bog Man on April 02, 2010

    smashing story!
  • The American Book of the Dead on May 17, 2010

    Brilliant;gritty and disturbing. Original, brave, strange- not an easy read. Made me recall Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, even though it's been years since I've read that. Imagine Midas, where what's touched turns into dreams instead of gold/ or what's dreamt turns into reality. This book deserves to be very successful.
  • We Don’t Plummet Out of the Sky Anymore on June 29, 2010

    I liked the title and kept reading, expecting an acerbic twist- the author remained consistently nice to his characters though. An enjoyable, funny story.
  • The Ballerina, the Gymnast, and the Yoga Master on Feb. 26, 2011

    Hilarious- as in leading to boisterous conviviality and extreme merriment!
  • Green, a short story on May 30, 2013

    I enjoyed it! The green civil rights activist and wasabi waiter made me smile.