Neville Herrington

Smashwords Interview

1. What motivated you to start writing?
I fell in love with storytelling and drama at a fairly young age. In my teenage years, my brother and I often spoke about writing books on bushveld adventures, no doubt influenced by Percy Fitzpatrick’s ‘Jock of the Bushveld.’ I was drawn to the power of dialogue during my drama studies at Natal University, and soon began writing plays, initially a radio drama which was aired on the English service of the SABC, and then a series of stage plays performed mainly on the university campus, though several enjoyed a wider audience in Durban and Johannesburg. Following a 20-year period of scripting numerous television documentaries for the national and international broadcast markets, I turned my focus to writing historical novels.
2. How has your background in drama helped you in your writing?
Having spent some thirty years in the drama derpartment at the former University of Natal in Durban - initially as a student and later as a lecturer - it would be inconceivable to think that it hasn’t shaped my thinking about life, and the way in which I write about people, places and events. I started writing plays from the first year I was employed as a lecturer. The process was infectious, resulting in the scripting of six plays for public performance, and several minor scripts for internal student presentations. This anthology included a 90-minute student television drama sponsored by the Durban Arts Association. In coming to write novels in recent years, I have found the applied elements of drama, such as, dialogue, conflict, action, plot, character, climax and rhythm to be powerful resources in the creation of credible and riveting narratives.
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The Irish Boer Woman
The Irish Boer Woman by Neville Herrington draws one into the world of the people who found themselves in the midst of the Anglo Boer War, to share their experiences - the foreboding, the hope and despair, the fear, resentment and hatred, and the terrible loss and suffering of many.


Dark Night of the Soul
Price: $11.39 USD. Words: 92,290. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
The dark world Brigid is projected into in this the third book in the Brigid O'Meara trilogy is a harsh one; it is a world that sinks her into a deep abyss from which there seems no escape, but it is also one which gives her the freedom to take revenge on past enemies and one in which she must face retribution for her actions.
The Irish Boer Woman
Price: $11.39 USD. Words: 88,890. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
This riveting sequel to England Wants Your Gold is a tale of courage, determination and selflessness, in which the heroine, Brigid O'Meara,, as an Irish nationalist, is drawn into the conflict of the Anglo Boer War by identifying and entering the struggle of the Boers to retain their independence, putting her into direct conflict with prevailing British officialdom of an expanding global empire.
England Wants Your Gold
Price: $11.39 USD. Words: 66,570. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
A riveting story laced with romance, humour, political intrigue and violence against the background of the infamous Jameson Raid that triggered the Anglo-Boer War. Caught up in the turbulence of the time is Brigid O'Meara, a beautiful Irish musical hall performer who falls in love with the charismatic leader of a group British Uitlanders intent on overthrowing Kruger's Boer Republic.
Growing Up in White South Africa
Price: $11.39 USD. Words: 215,840. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
“Growing up in White South Africa” is a delightful journey back into the past that brings alive an era that should resonate with those who lived through it, and fascinate those that didn’t. Neville captures the sounds, smells, nuances, events and special characteristics of a post war age that remain etched in his memory.

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