Evadeen Brickwood


I grew up in Germany and Evadeen Brickwood is my pen name. I studied cultural sciences and languages and traveled extensively as a teenager and in my twenties. Feeling adventurous and with a new qualification as a translator under my belt, I moved to Africa in 1988. I worked as a secretary and language teacher in Botswana, but after a while I contemplated returning to Europe. South Africa seemed a better option and I soon settled in Johannesburg. My South African life began.
I met and married my German husband and we raised 2 daughters. I studied computers, worked as a corporate software trainer and professional translator and in 2003, I began to write novels.
Today, we still live in Johannesburg and now my daughters are doing the studying and traveling, while I - still happily married - work at home and write my books (which I don’t really consider work).

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book 'The Speaking Stone of Caradoc' is the sequel to 'Children of the Moon'. Three young time travelers continue to explore the exciting ancient world they find themselves in, 12,000 years in the past. They take a journey by ship to the remnants of a sunken continent. I'd collected a lot of notes on legends about Atlantis, Greece and the British Isles and took the liberty of changing them quite a bit to fit in with my own ideas. I'd read one of the books, the Mabinogion, when I was in my first semester at university a long time ago. The islands of Mallorca and Madeira also lent some inspiration to the storyline and I adapted the fictional language to include some Gaelic and Mediterranean expressions. The theme of book 2 is WATER and that's where most of the action happens.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My last publisher closed down when the economic crisis struck in 2008. I followed the advice by the Random House children's book editor and started writing novels for adults. Unfortunately, most agencies I contacted had been kicking authors off their lists and publishers didn't even have a look at the material. I translated books into German and tried my luck with German publishers and agencies with the same result. Actually some took interest, but more conservative editors always found the stories too exotic. I was fed up and wanted to move on to publishing. The point of writing books is to share them with readers, after all. A best-selling German author, who had found an agency when it was still easier (according to him), gave me the advice to try online-publishing and gave me some tips. When I did some research, I found out about Smashwords.
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Where to find Evadeen Brickwood online


An Animated Picturebook
A Slideshow based on Children of the Moon

Interview In Johannesburg
Evadeen Brickwood speaks to Musician Bernard Griesel about "Remember the Future", her time travel adventure series for kids


Kinder des Mondes
Series: Erinnerung an die Zukunft, Buch 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 69,570. Language: German. Published: September 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Könnt Ihr Euch vorstellen auf einmal in der Vergangenheit zu leben? Nicht letztes Jahr oder bei den Römern, sondern vor richtig langer Zeit? Katherine, Trevor und Chryseis erfinden einen Zeitportalfinder und reisen in die vorgeschichtliche Stadt Sydonia und eine phantastische, vergessene Welt - und die gab es vor 12 000 Jahren.
An African Soccer Story
Price: Free! Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Football
In this free short story, all a young boy from a South African village wants to do is play soccer. When a scout from the big city arrives, he doesn't pay much attention to him, but like any other boy at school, Thulani hopes that he will be chosen to go to the academy for talented players.
The Speaking Stone of Caradoc
Series: Remember the Future, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 81,440. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
The story picks up where ‘Children of the Moon’ left off. Katherine, Chryseis and Trevor sail across a prehistoric ocean to the island of D’ântilla. When they arrive, the discovery of a stolen Speaking Stone soon leads to their arrest. The time travelers encounter many dangers before they find out why everybody in the ancient ‘known world’ seems to be after this coveted stone
Children of the Moon
Series: Remember the Future, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 69,870. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Ancient Civilizations
Can you imagine, suddenly living in the past? Not last year or in the Roman empire, but a really long time ago? Katherine, Trevor and Chryseis invent a time-portal-finder and travel 12 000 years back in time to the astonishing city of Cydonia and a fantastic forgotten world.