Andrea Vermaak has been writing journals, stories and poetry since the age of eight. While studying a BA (Journalism) Languages and a BA (Honours) English degree, Andrea chaired the University of Pretoria's literary society, The Inklings, where she honed her creative writing skills at weekly workshops. She is now an active member of The Pretoria Writers Group.
She has published several magazine and student newspaper articles, as well as poetry. Her short story, ‘Draca’ appears in 'The Flight of the Phoenix', an anthology published by independent publisher, Siygrah Books. 'Break Away' will soon appear in the anthology 'Journey', independently published by The Pretoria Writers Group.
Andrea is in the progress of writing and editing several other short stories, as well as a young adult fantasy novel. Andrea also works full-time at BK Publishing as the editor of 'Supernova, the mag for curious kids'.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I ever read on my own (as a child) was Enid Blyton's 'The Magic Faraway Tree'. Since then, I could not get enough of the new friends I made in books, the adventures I went on with my new friends, and the wonderful mysteries of all the fantastic worlds I visited with them.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In random order:
'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman 'The Lord of the Rings' by J.R.R. Tolkien Beowulf 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare (yes, I know, not a book, but read why...) 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee
These stories (yes, I know 'Hamlet' is a play) have resonated with me since I closed their back covers after finishing them. Some I have read twice; some more than twice. Their characters and plots strike deep chords in my soul.
Life's journeys are fraught with pain, difficulties, and despair. And yet it is our search for hope and happiness that inspires us to overcome these obstacles. JOURNEY is a collection of stories that cuts close to the bone of life, love, and courage . . . to remind us that the choices we make can change the future.