Joy Bassetti-Kruger

Biography

I began my library career at the Jhb. public library, and while I worked there part time, I also completed my Library Exams with the SALA. Then I was headhunted by Ekom, as I'd specialized in information retrieval and they needed someone to obtain current information on various projects for their engineers. Later I moved to Control Data, where I learned all about storing such information on their large computers.
All the while, I also taught ballet, modern and Spanish, dancing in my spare time, as I'd trained as a dance teacher while still at school. After I married I ran two dancing studios for adults, where I also began to teach yoga and passive exercises. In my youth I danced for PACT for a while, but as I was still studying at the time, -I decided to give this up, although I continued to dance in various productions at the Civic Theater in Johannesburg. -Showboat, The Merry Widow, Guys and Dolls, to name a few.
As I'd also joined two writing circles previously, I'd been writing all along, - mostly short stories. But then an opportunity came up for me to include English Literature and Creative Writing in my studies, so this is when my writing career really took off, even though I never published anything until recently, when I first uploaded stories on a local SA site,then Kindle, Kobo and now finally that I've cracked the 'meat-gringer," I've loaded some new stories on to Smashwords, which I think is a really wonderful site for writers, as it forces us to confront all the issues and make certain that everything is correct..

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, so a number of my stories are set there. I also spent a lot of time in the Okavango Delta with its wealth of wildlife and one of my yet to be published novels is set in a game reserve there. I'm also busy working on a story about an elephant called Baby Huey, who was a particularly friendly elephant, whose claim to fame is that he has featured on the covers of both National Geographic and also Time magazine. I had a strong bond with this elephant, who appeared to recognize me after a time. A novella, which will be published shortly, called Firesticks, is about a Bushman, who taught a young white girl to make fire using fire sticks. This is based on a true story once told to me by Rae Graham, many years ago. A number of my longer short stories reflect my love of the bush and also the wild animals that reside there, so I think its fair to say that living in Africa has influenced what I write about to a large extent.
My family have always been big readers, so I was introduced to books at a young age. I was also one of those annoying kids that asked a lot of questions about why things happened in a certain way and as my great-grandfather was a big storyteller, I think I must have inherited my storytelling genes from him. He came to South Africa at age 14 with his parents and he told me vivid stories about his trip out here on an old Union Castle Liner. His family settled in Kimberley initially and his father worked for De Beers at the diamond mine there. He told a number of stories about the Siege of Kimberley, during which time the women and children were hidden down the mine shaft for safety, while the men prepared the food up top in a huge coco-pan and sent it down to them via the narrow gauge railway track. He also said that during the siege, the Boers were so close by, that as they rode their horses around and around the barrier around the mine, they could actually see their hat 'veld' hats bobbing up and down.
When I was around 12, I produced a play and recruited a number of local kids to act in it. I also won essay writing competitions at school and was fortunate enough to have a wonderful English teacher with a huge imagination, who encouraged me to put my imagination to good use.
Later, I became a librarian, so I have always spent a lot of time around books. I wrote my first full length young adult novel at 15 and after this I never really stopped writing. I never really did much with my stories up until recently, except for forcing my parents and grandparents and their friends to read them. After joining a writing circle I started writing short stories, but I think I prefer to write either novels or at least novellas, which are much more satisfying to write.
I studied English Literature and Creative Writing at University, -along with my Library Diploma, where I learned to plan my writing more carefully and also form the characters within the stories more fully, before actually sitting down to write a novel.
Apart from reading and writing, I enjoy walking with the Monday Walking Group at U3A, where we walk at several local golf courses,and botanical gardens. There are about 35 of us in the group presently, so we walk and talk and generally don't take life too seriously exercise wise. I also organize the Movie Group for U3A at Cedar Square.
At home, I have a gardener called Moses that helps me in our huge garden and presently we are trying to do our bit by growing our own vegetables and herbs, - a slow tedious process, which I hope will reward us in the end with some fresh goods to eat. My husband, Alan, indulges my passion for writing,-mostly, but he can be bothersome when he wants food and I need to write something down before I forget it. I also have a cat called Rosie, who is the love of my life and my constant, supportive, little writing companion.
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Where to find Joy Bassetti-Kruger online


Books

Spider Lady
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Price: Free! Words: 2,140. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
(3.00 from 1 review)
Scared of spiders? This short story will help you to overcome this fear and maybe you'll even begin to take an interest in the spiders in your garden and document your findings. Its all about how a little bit of knowledge can change our perceptions of the things we fear most.
Final Pas De Deux
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,270. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Nina begged Phillippe not to reveal her identity before she danced on stage for the people at the village. He agreed, providing they ended both of their dancing careers by performing one final pas de deux together. In the end this performance proved to be a fitting ending to both of their dancing careers, as they felt they could now move on with their lives, hopefully still as a couple.
Heidi's Bad Hair Day
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,260. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
-In partyland we are expected to party by night and sleep by day and nobody here works any longer, -Zelda informed her. -But surely whoever arranged this for me, must realize that just because I enjoy parties, it does not mean that I want to party every single night, Heidi complained. -No, I think they took you seriously. I mean you wished for it often enough, Zelda said.
A Night of Fairy Lights
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Price: Free! Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
A simple magical light show put on for them by nature, as the phosphorus gleamed on the waves in the moonlight that night, and the fireflies danced in the reeds, restored their friendship and made them all feel far happier than they had done in a while.
Time and Knitting
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 23, 2014. Category: Essay » Literature
Kairos time passes more slowly than tempus fugit, or time that flies and knitting circles that are now replacing yoga classes, are helping women to regain Kairos time. Knitting forces people to sit down and relax and concentrate on the work in hand, while the clickety-clack of knitting needles,the soft murmur of voices and the tinkling of tea cups, completes the happy scene.
No Strings Attached
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Price: Free! Words: 2,450. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Joe didn't actually realize that he was searching for his birthday gifts, as his grandfather asked him to help him find a key as well as a ball of string that he had misplaced, but in unraveling these clues and searching for these objects, he discovered a bicycle and some computer games as well.
The Hovering Elephant
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Price: Free! Words: 1,690. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
When the people in the game reserve saw the hovering elephant, they could hardly believe their eyes. But little did they realize that she was actually helping to get rid of an old broken walking stick, that had caused a lot of problems when it had become enchanted by the curse of an African witch-doctor. Little Johnny even said, -"But mom, I thought you said that elephants don't fly."
Firesticks
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,200. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Teaching someone outside his clan to light a fire using only fire sticks, was not something that K'nxu would normally have done, but seeing as he liked Angela and she had shown great interest in the ways of the Bushmen clans, he decided that his god, u'ndimo, would permit such a teaching. So when the phase of the moon was correct for such a teaching to take place, he called Angela over to his fire
Saving His Words
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Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
Jonathan's book sold out in minutes, which was the last thing he'd wished for. He'd so wanted a photograph of himself surrounded by piles of his book and now all the evidence was gone. Then Janet came along and took over and convinced him that e-books were real books too and that all he had to do was to open the site were his book was listed and click on the cover to open it.
Point of a Pencil
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Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Do we really need to buy twenty-four pencils? a student asked. -No, not just twenty-four pencils, but rather twenty-four sharpened pencils, the lecturer replied.
Jenny's Gardener
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Jenny is woken up by the sound of rap music and people talking loudly in her lounge and when she peeps through a crack in the door, she sees a number of woman sitting under hairdryers, one woman having a manicure and another woman serving tea. Feeling scared and not knowing what is going on, she phones around for help, but the only person that answers his cell is Winston...
Bee Whisperer
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You set the price! Words: 3,600. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
Bee whisperers remove bees without harming them and without a single person being stung during the entire operation. So as Beatrice believes that by saving the bees she will be helping to save the planet, she is aggressive in her approach to anyone that thinks differently. This is why she stormed into Harry's garden that day, when she saw a bee exterminator van parked outside his house.
Time Shift
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,100. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The lights dim and flickering candles appear all around the marquee and as Cameron experiences a time shift, he finds himself attending an old fashioned wedding. He also sees a woman there called Darcy, who was once his lover in the distant past. This puzzles him, but it doesn't scare him, even though he realizes that something very strange is going on, that he is quite unable to explain.
Whispering Angels From A Distant Star At Blue Moon
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Price: Free! Words: 2,040. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
At Blue Moon, the voices of the whispering angels from a distant star can be heard more clearly, so go outside and listen to their voices that will come to you on the breath of the wind.
Whodunit?
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Whodunit is an amusing detective story about how a parrot helps to solve the Barlow murder, as well as the stolen diamond necklace case. Cookie does this by learning to say, -Barlow did it, Barlow did it, Cookie wants a biscuit. And as you'll discover she is right up to a point, but not entirely right, as someone else also had a hand in the murder.
The Uncertainty Of Love
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
When old Henry returned to the hotel, everyone wanted to know where he'd been. So Henry explained that he'd seen a photo in the newspaper, of a woman he had once been madly in love with and that he'd gone off to look for her, as she was now living rough. Then he added dejectedly, that he'd not felt the passion that he'd always felt previously,so the detective told him to give love a second chance.
Scary Stuff
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
The smiling face that floated on the surface of the pond, was not a reflection of Annie's face, so she leant over to see who it was. Then as her face touched the water, she felt something like an electric shock run through her body and she passed out. A man found her floating face down in the water, so he hauled her out. Then he asked why she'd tried to drown herself, but she said didn't know.
The Wonderboom Prediction
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
The drought broke and it poured with rain and the old Sangoma told Lulu that she knew she longed for a child of her own, but that she was with the wrong man, who would soon leave her for another woman. Then after throwing the bones for a second time, the Sangoma predicted that Lulu would go on a journey, where she would meet another man, who within a year, would give her the child she desired.
the Chocolate Effect
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Who knew Edward liked coffee fondant creams, or that he would visit the chocolate factory? And did someone that knew this, perhaps put something in the chocolates Edward ate at the factory, which caused him to see the country fair in the vacant ground opposite the coffee shop, where he later viewed the photos, which led him find out who his father was and also discover the fortune he'd left him.
Butterflies
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,770. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
At first, Jemma put the feeling of having butterflies in her tummy down to nerves, as she was going in for a job interview later that morning. Then when the butterflies persisted right through the interview and even afterwards, she began to suspect that she might be pregnant. She hoped and prayed that this was not the case, as the job she was going after was the job of her dreams.
Every Second Friday
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,190. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
Now that Ted was back in town, Dianna had been thinking up ways to edge him back into her life again. They had been lovers once, but when he asked her to marry him she'd said no and then turned around and married his friend instead. Her actions upset Ted, who soon moved away, but now that he was back and she was single again, she was determined not to let him get away.
The Tell Is In The Smile
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,990. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is what happens when a character from a book begins to go after people in real life. Sometimes he even kills them. You have been warned, so watch out for a man with a skew smile and a gold tooth. You'll recognize Jason by his gold tooth, as his tell is the gold tooth.
A Distant Flickering Light
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
Tracy sees a distant flickering light out in the veld, where she knows there are no houses or bungalows. Then after staring at the light for some time, she begins to feel sad and think about Johnny, her husband that died recently. The feeling intensifies each time she sees the light, so one day when she is alone at the house, she walks out into the veld to see where the light is shining from.
The Monk's Jewel
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,660. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The secret of the monk's jewel is that whoever steals the jewel from the monk, also returns it to him. Then in return he receives the insight he needs to turn his life around and make a difference to the world he lives in. The person also promises the monk that he will repeat the story of how his life was changed to everyone that he meets. In Jacob's case he later tells the students at his school.
The Courtyard
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,530. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In meeting your beloved there,your own small courtyard becomes the universe to you. (Quote) This is exactly how Annie felt whenever she saw Jonathan at The Courtyard, a cafe they both visited frequently, for either lunch or just a coffee. She longed to meet him, but she felt far too shy to approach him or even smile at him, so this was where the waitress intervened.
My Mother, the Spy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,250. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Susan's mother tells her that she was once a spy for MI6 during the cold war and that she believes her life is now in danger, as she has recognized a man lurking around in the village. Susan finds this hard to believe, but after she realizes just how scared her mother really is, she decides to do whatever it takes to keep her mother safe.
Simon Becoming Simon
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,590. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
A woman who'd often watched Simon painting down at the river, came over and told him that she was his mother. She said she'd recognised him after all this time, due to his striking resemblance to his father. Simon who'd recently been forced to leave his home with his father, for much the same reasons that she'd originally done, was pleased they had finally caught up again.

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