Interview with Desireé Smith

Why did you write the book?
I wrote it because I always wanted to write a book and I just one day felt that I'm ready to write. It's not a story I ever thought about before writing, I wrote the first paragraph which is now the first paragraph in the second chapter and I just couldn't stop writing...the story unfolded as I wrote, it just came out. Where from I do not know
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love going into another world, cutting myself off from everything around me and living myself into it and becoming part of all the characters, becoming them and getting to know them so well. What I also loved about writing this book was how I got so drawn into it and all the characters that I often, while writing, would burst out laughing about what I was writing, would get a smile on my face and even cross at times with some characters and sometimes cry while writing. My children got so into the book with me that they would keep asking what I'm writing and I would tell them and they would say "No, you can't let that happen" and I would tell them it has to happen. My daughter Melissa even cried about it. She said "Mika has become part of our family, it feels like we all know her so well."
How did you decide on the names for your characters?
Mika, Tilla, Katie, Charlie and Jimmy just came to me while writing, the others I had to think about a bit.
Have you received any feedback on your book from readers?
I have yes and the comments I got made my heart smile. Here are a couple:
Belinda van Loon: "I can honestly say that I have read Die Droom Vanne Fairy Girl It's a hit! A book you can not put down once you start reading it! For me it was awesome , thanks to Desiree!"

Buks Franks Nortje: "Mense, doen julself die guns en gaan kry hierdie boek "DIE DROOM VANNE FAIRY GIRL"
Dit is ń lekker lees boek, koop dit, julle sal nie spyt wees nie. Desiree, ek hoop regtig dat jy nog boeke die lig laat sien, ek sal graag nog van jou boeke wil lees. Dankie vir hierdie een, ek het dit baie geniet"

Stephanie Gatchel: Die storie is so lieflik. Die dialoog het ek veral geniet, soveel woorde wat ek jarre laas gehoor of gelees het. Pragtige storie, vol menslikheid. Dis vir my interesant dat jy so goed oor Kapenaars kan skryf en bruin mense ook. Half gesien op TV, in my kop. Wel gedaan Des. Ek hoop rerig jy's besig om aan 'n ander een ook te werk. Jy is beslis talentvol

Hettie-and Dennis Kattowitz said: Die Droom vanne n Fairy Girl het ek nou net klaar gelees. Ek was nou pens en pootjies binne in die storie, ek kon net nie die boek neer sit nie, dit is hoe ek van n storieboek hou. Ek hoop daar kom sommer nog baie sulke lekker stories uit die pen van Desiree Smith.
What are you working on next?
A novel about Tilla, Mika's mothers life as well as a book about a famous South African singer's life story.
Are all your future novels also going to be written in Afrikaans?
No, not at all. I'm busy working on a novel about a famous South African singer's life and that is in English.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love painting, doing mosaic and pewter which I sell at the art markets and festivals.
How did you approach your cover design?
I knew what I wanted and the designers did a great job of it. I love my cover. It had to be perfect and I think it is.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made it easy for uploading and publishing and converting into the various formats.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, as without them I can't be a success!
Published 2015-02-04.
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Books by This Author

Die Droom Vanne Fairy Girl
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,950. Language: Afrikaans. Published: January 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Inspirational
An Afrikaans novel about Mika, a young lady from the Cape Flats - her dreams, goals and ambitions. The Cape patois is used to good effect as the book speaks to your emotions as you share Mika's triumphs and setbacks. This book is a testimony to the strength of the human spirit.