C. F. King


C. F. King is Charlotte Firbank-King’s author name.
Charl was born in Johannesburg and her family moved to Zambia. Raised in the small town of Livingstone, the bush surrounding the Victoria Falls became her playground and birthed her love of animals.
Charl studied art at Pretoria Art College. Later, after a failed marriage and three children that she adores, she achieved success with her detailed paintings of wildlife, marine creatures, and tribal people. For the first years, writing took a backseat to her art.
Charl has explored southern Africa from shore to shore and traveled to England and France to absorb their rich history.
She now lives in Cape Town. Charl an incurable romantic, and her love of words and history made historical mystery romance a natural fit.
Her two daughters, son, and daughter-in-law, all encourage and support her writing and art. Charl’s second husband and soulmate was a cop. When he was shot and killed, the tragedy drove her deeper into writing to escape grief.
Each one of her books is very different, ranging from dark plots, shrouded in mystery, to adventure in the Africa wilderness, social injustices, and light, humorous stories.
She researches each era she writes in, weaving her characters and plots around the history of the time. Charl does take liberties with the language otherwise it would make reading tiring.
She has a daily routine and starts work at about 7 am, finishing around 5:30 pm. Writing and art are her passions and they seldom feel like work to her.
Charl edits, ghostwrites and illustrates for a US company, Inspiration for Writers, Inc. The CEO, Sandy Tritt, is her friend, mentor, and editor, and taught Charl her writing skills.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
When I was about twelve years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Modern South Africa is a complex country with diverse cultures. When the Cape was first colonized by the Dutch they brought their laws and religion. Eventually, these laws and religions impacted harshly on the indigenous populations and others considered less worthy. Calvinism was the predominant religion. Despite the English taking control later, the Dutch ideals still prevailed right into modern times. I have lived through our Apartheid years and hated it. I then went back in our history and found things were even more close-minded, concerning religion, cultural superiority, and illegitimacy etc. and wove my story for "The Bastard," around that.
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Where to find C. F. King online


The Bastard
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 118,540. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Cape of Storms, Africa, 1853. A harsh society, not a good place or time to be born a bastard.
Breath of the Wild
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 106,810. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
A spoilt liberal English girl arrives in the Cape Colon ready to take off into Africa. No one has ever thwarted her until she meets her father’s taciturn wine estate manager.
The Bohemian
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 98,690. Language: British English. Published: December 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
There is no way to control a truly fiery free-spirit, except to crush it or risk burning with desire in the flames.
Twilight Path
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 125,530. Language: British English. Published: December 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A man is so driven by revenge and righteous anger that the line between good and evil becomes blurred.

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