Interview with Annette du Plessis

Hoekom het jy Blou Erfporsie geskryf?
Tien jaar gelede het die gedagte by my opgekom om 'n boek te skryf oor my ouers se lewe. My pa het kort voor sy dood sy memoires op skrif gestel en vir elke kind (daar is 8 van ons!) 'n kopie gegee. Dit was vir my aangrypend om te lees hoe hy sy roeping as sendingdokter in die Transkei gekry het en hoe hy dit uitgeleef het. Hoe hy my ma ('n sendingverpleegster in die Transkei) ontmoet het, was nog altyd vir my 'n mooi storie. Ek het die dringende gevoel gehad dat ek hierdie verhale aan meer mense as net my nabye familie wil vertel, want dit kan mense inspireer om God op sy woord te neem en om Hom gehoorsaam te volg.
Wat is mense se reaksie op jou boek?
Ek is oorweldig deur die positiewe reaksie! My familie het dit as 'n persoonlike vertelling van dit wat hulle goed ken, beskou. Tog was hulle verras deur onbekende feite, wat ek uit my pa se nagelate dagboeke, knipsels uit die Paarl Post, en ander bronne gaan uitsnuffel het. Nie-familie het my verras deur te sê dat die boek hulle geboei het, dat hulle respek het vir my ouers se gehoorsaamheid en daadkrag,en dat die boek ook interessante leesstof bied oor 'n tydperk wat verby is. Vreemde lesers wat raakpunte het met mense van wie ek vertel of plekke wat genoem word, het dit as nostalgies beleef en baie het my gekontak om hulle gewaarwordinge te deel. Die aantal foto's het ook goeie aftrek gekry. Dit was vir my 'n heerlike ondervinding om te besef dat woorde op papier kan uitreik na 'n onbekende wêreld daarbuite
Waar kan 'n mens jou boek lees?
Die boek is 'n e-boek op verskillende kanale. Deur bloot die titel (Blou Erfporsie - van Isilimela tot Stilbaai: 'n lewensreis) in te tik, kan baie uitgewers van e-boeke opgespoor word. Dit is ook in drukvorm beskibaar op die internet (Amazon, Loot, e. a. ) Dit kan in Tulbagh gekoop word by die land van Waveren Tuisnywerheid, die Kerkkantoor of by my persoonlik bestel word. annettte@obiekwa.co.za of op my fb bladsy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When I am in a creative phase/mood I cannot wait for the early morning to come. To review what I have done the previous day or to activate everything I have dreamed or thought about during the night, makes me jump out of bed.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Paarl, South Africa. It is a huge town with at least four top schools. I studied at La Rochelle Girls' High School and had some wonderful inspiring teachers. They, and my parents, believed in me and gave me self confidence to write and paint and to become my true self. The town itself with its history and beautiful scenery also inspired me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was a composition at school. I wrote about my first love but in an object way. I was amazed that the teacher loved it!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My father was a missionary doctor in rural Transkei, (South Africa) and my mother was a nurse , working in one of the clinics he regularly visited, some 200 km away. They fell in love and established the medical work of the Dutch Reformed Church on Isilimela and Thafalofefe Mission Stations. They raised a family of eight children and temporarily left their mission work to give their children the best education possible in Paarl, a big Boland town. Before my father died of cancer in 1988 he wrote his memoir. It was a mere 25 pages, written in a simple but sincere way. He trusted God's guidance in his life and acted upon His calling. It evoked much emotion in me, and I wanted to write more elaborately about his life and how he met my mother and her interesting life too. I was also deeply moved by my parents' devotion to their missionary calling and the way they lived.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I paint (acrylics or oils but preferably water colour.) I also love to go for long walks. Traveling is another great "pastime" - it inspires new thinking and creativity. But, most of the time I have many household chores on the farm.
What is your writing process?
I sit at my desk and type all day. When I come across a problem in the story I cannot solve, I wait a few days to think it through and then go back to my desk. No music, no people around. Silence. Bliss.
Describe your desk
My desk is in a large room that was previously the living room of the house. In front of me, next to me and behind me are windows, with a beautiful view on trees, birds and mountains. I am a privileged woman!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kobo glo. Now I can read anywhere,even where the light is bad.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have discovered e reading and I think it will grow much bigger. I want to make full use of modern technology and by self publishing I can do whatever I want.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I stumbled upon Smashwords' Styleguide and followed it closely to get the formatting right. Success? I am still waiting...
Published 2014-09-08.
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Books by This Author

Blou Erfporsie - Van Isilimela tot Stilbaai: 'n Lewensreis
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,260. Language: Afrikaans. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Parenting
Dis 'n lewensreis wat begin toe 'n seuntjie impulsief beloof om 'n sendeling te word, as die Here tog net sy oog sal laat ophou pyn. En die dogtertjie wat viooltjies verkoop vir haar sendingbussie. 'n Skip wat strand, en 'n noodoperasie wat Isilimela se hospitaal inwy. Smiles en sy donkerkop-bruid. Agt kinders... en 'n 94-jarige ouma met 'n olifant aan die hand. Dis 'n merkwaardige storie.