Gunda Hardegen-Brunner


Gunda Hardegen-Brunner grew up in the Black Forest and in Bavaria.
She was first published at the age of 11 – a poem in the school mag, which was promptly closed down because of it.
Always interested in foreign countries and other cultures she spent a year as an exchange student in South Africa in 1975/76.
Gunda studied ethnology at the universities of Heidelberg, München and Paris VII. Later she became a physiotherapist and lived for a few years in France.
After a serious car smash she returned to South Africa to recuperate and subsequently married her former host father, the actor Michael Brunner, to many known as Skip in Isidingo, Seedling in Jock of the Bushveld, Dr Budlander in Soul City and dozens of other movies and TV series.
Gunda and Michael lived for 10 years on their smallholding off the grid with free range animals all over the show. They built a house using mainly local materials – the ground to make bricks, the trees for roof beams, the grass to thatch the roof. They built a traditional 40 foot gaff rigged cutter and lived on it for 3 years. When Michael’s health began to deteriorate they moved to a farm with a retreat centre in the Overberg and camped in an ancient milkwood forest for one and a half years. In search for a new place they travelled southern Africa for a while and then swallowed the anchor in the Karoo.
Michael died in 2012 and since then Gunda has been on a pilgrimage, inner journey – outer journey, which The Stars Beneath My Feet is all about

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could hold a pen and my father had taught me to write. I was about 5 and made illustrated stories about animals, flowers, witches, fairies and people
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Pippi Langstrumpf – Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren when I was maybe 8. From the first page it confirmed that my decision to never grow up and to do my own thing in life was the way to go.
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Zebra Horizon
Price: Free! Words: 141,040. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
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1975 - 1976 Mathilda, 16, thinks there must be more to life than going to school in a small Bavarian town. Her parents refuse to emigrate to some fascinating exotic place, so she gets organized to become an exchange student. Rotary sends her to South Africa, a country she really doesn’t want to go to – apartheid and all – but it’s her only option.
Yet Another Day In Paradise
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 71,910. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Southern Africa, the Indian Ocean… At the Pelican Island Yacht Club adventurous eccentrics are going about their creative, chaotic lives. The Msimsi trees are blossoming, fish are jumping and clouds of white egrets are dotting the sky. It’s Paradise – or is it?
The Stars Beneath My Feet - My spiritual journey after my soulmate’s suicide
Price: $4.75 USD. Words: 36,250. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
The Stars Beneath My Feet is a diary Gunda Hardegen-Brunner wrote for herself and to her husband Michael to share with him what happened to her after he had committed suicide. It’s the story of an inspiring, very personal spiritual journey that touches on the universal questions – what are life and death all about?

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