Southern Africa has always been my home. Various educational achievements and different occupations have kept me busy, but since childhood writing has been my passion. Many of my stories have been published and distributed in schools in Southern Africa. Now, I've re-written those stories in a different style. It's a style that I hope all children, who can read English, will enjoy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised on a farm in Northern Rhodeisa, but I spent more time at boarding school than at home.
I used to tell stories to the other children in the dormitory after lights out. They were always about Mrs Brown, who had amazing adventures.
At school we had to write English Compositions, and it was the only English subject I enjoyed. English Language and Grammar bored me silly. In frustration one day, Miss Barnes, was teaching us about parts of speech. Martie was as bored as I was, and yawned. Miss Barnes was furious, threw a vase of flowers at Martie and told her to "Get out!".
Martie did as she was told, and came back shortly afterwards, carrying an umbrella!
I vowed never to bore anyone to whom I told my stories, and I carried that vow forward when my 'telling' became 'writing'.