Born in Pietermartizburg, her childhood spent between the bushveld of Swaziland and the colonial boarding school of St. Annes Diocesan College in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the contrasts of Southern Africa have always fascinated the authoress.
Having left the corporate PR, Media Liaison and Marketing world, writing and editing company newsletters in Johannesburg, to spend ten years teaching Business and Legal English to executives in Zurich, Switzerland, the authoress returned to African shores to write of southern Africa.
The realisation of how different her homeland was to Europe, and how little understood the lifestyle of its diverse peoples beyond the political aspects, created in her a compulsion to write a story containing tales of every day life southern Africa
Having observed, first-hand, the extremes of diverse cultures, she offers a series of novels, set in different parts of the country, in different eras and interlaced with history of the peoples of each area in an attempt to give a full and rounded picture of a land and people that lack only a sense of community.
'I came to see that not only was my own childhood unusual in the extreme, but that growing up in southern Africa was a very special privilege. When recounting an odd incident from my past, it was clear that people believed I must have made it up!' she recalls. 'It is so far removed from the consciousness and experiences of those born elsewhere on the planet! I want to honour those differences. Without realising it, we have all absorbed aspects of each others’ cultures; thus, in a world poised on vast change, my fellow South Africans are better equipped to live in it than they realise. I’d like to bring this to their attention whilst showing the outside world a different view to what the media depicts both locally and abroad. '
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