I can’t remember NOT having a book in my hand. My schoolmates called me a bookworm, and nothing’s changed since then. I was brought up on the children’s classics because my parents are also avid readers. My earliest story-telling talents came to the fore when, from the age of ten, I entertained my three younger brothers and their friends with serialized tales of children undertaking dangerous and exciting exploits, which they survived through courage and ingenuity (of course!). Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and skeletons leaping out of coffins were hot favourites in the cast of characters that populated “Gruesome Gables” where all these adventures were played out. We also acted out the stories for my long-suffering parents, whom I see now were remarkably tolerant of my budding thespian and script-writing talents!
I graduated from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, with a double first in my B.A. (French & Drama). After completing my Honors in Drama at Natal, I then went to the University of the Witwatersrand to do my Masters degree in French-African literature. I also studied drama at The Drama Studio in London and mime at L’Ecole Jacques le Coq in Paris. Upon my return to South Africa, I immersed myself in teaching drama at community centres, and became involved in producing community and grassroots theatre with local playwrights and performers in Natal for several years.
A move to Johannesburg took me in a new direction—that of journalism. I have written freelance for the last fifteen years on everything from serial killers to relationship advice (making me a popular dinner guest to revive any flagging conversations). Writing a children’s book— The Secret of the Sacred Scarab—-was an unexpected step, inspired by a trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for my 2 nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied me on the Egyptian trip. We had a marvellous time and it truly was the catalyst in changing my career. This short story grew into a children’s book, the first in the adventure series, Chronicles of the Stone. The book has done well, even though the young heroes are South African, and has already garnered impressive indie award nominations.
I've already finished in the next book in the series—-The Search for the Stone of Excalibur-—a huge treat for young King Arthur fans (and older ones as well). Look out for Book 3: The Search Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
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VideosThe Secret of the Sacred Scarab Book One - The Chronicles of the Stone
A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their first day in Egypt. They survive terrifying dangers, pursued by enemies in their quest to solve the secret of the sacred scarab. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys survive … only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!
BookElves Anthology Volume 1
by Jemima Pett, Rebecca M. Douglass, Fiona Ingram, M. G. King, Wendy Leighton-Porter, Sandra Smith, & Ben Zackheim
(4.00 from 1 review)
Seven stories, seven situations threatening the festivities – a postbag that gets bigger, a Santa in summer, the strange disappearance of the gifts, a petnapping gang, a snowstorm in the wilds, a kidnapped messenger, and a whole raft of celebrations that are too strange to contemplate.
Will the holidays be a disaster? Or will seven bookelves weave seasonal magic?
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