Was: Running a vibrant, amazing music studio in Pretoria, with my husband. Writing and running a small publisher on the side.
Now: Struggling to find my feet in Ireland, South Africa's crime destroyed all we had and my husband's life was taken brutally and pointlessly. Mercifully he saved our 3 beautiful children, but he died doing it. We (the 3 and I) are rebuilding our life in Ireland. He was supposed to be the integral part of this. It is hard.
Iain has been my inspiration for the past 26 years and his energy and initiative are at the basis of most things I attempted. We did everything together. When others said "you must be crazy to try this or that" he was the one to say "let's do it!" He always believed. In himself. In me. In us. In that there is Good in the world.
Not currently writing. Be patient.
Why do you write?
:-) I write because I want to read the stories in my head. I believe that an idea is a wilful little spirit - if you ignore it, it will go to the next author. So you'd better grab onto those inspiration butterflies and catch them if you want to make something of them. Often I write out of curiosity where an idea will take me, once I hand it to my characters. I let the characters to most of the plot development, because after all they are living it. Sometimes I write to shut up the persistent voices in my head...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run a music studio, together with my husband; we teach violin, viola, guitar, vocals and theory of music. More on that at this blog: https://violintrix.wordpress.com/.
It is a little-known fact that Santa Claus has a younger brother.
Fanta Claus, however, is a mess. When one year he is called on to stand in for Santa and deliver the presents, this can only spell trouble.
Romania. A place of harsh contrasts; dangerous and beautiful wilderness; a silent invisible people. This is where Federi was born; and this is where he takes Paean in their breakaway from the Solar Wind, their bid for freedom. But Federi is hunting big game now, unravelling the curse of Falco. And something is watching from space...
On his meanderings, photojournalist Tom meets a little girl who plays alone in the park. First intrigued by her strange character, then worried for her safety, he accompanies her home, though she never allows him to follow the very last bit to her house. Then one day he misses their appointment...
Mary Adams has married into money. At first this is amazing and she is overwhelmed with thankfulness; but as time goes by she begins to realize that all is not well in the wealthy family. She comes upon a creepy volume of genealogy in the library of the house that was given to her and her husband John to live in, and from there, her curiosity turns into an obsession to get to the bottom of it.
Finnegan o'Flannagan (Finn) is an out-of-luck musician in the tiny town of Kilkee. The last thing he knows is how to race a horse; but this is exactly what he is requested to do, by his pretty and forceful young friend, the Lady Millen. Who can deny her?
A bit of slapstick to entertain you on a rainy day...
“Actually, interesting fact of bygone eras,” said Federi, “in prior centuries pirates chose their captains democratically.”
Radomir Lascek is in trouble. Of all the forces that are trying to take the Solar Wind out of his hands, Federi is still the most benign... At the end of a space trip there may be a treasure, or there may not. Is it worth risking the crew's lives?
If the crew of the Solar Wind thought the Unicate and the Rebellion were tough cookies, they haven't yet met the Danaan - from Planet New Dome. Coming to take over Earth - or destroy the planet. Or alternatively, for a mango daiquiri in the subtropical paradise of Southern Free. And then destroy the planet.
"Keep an eye on them, Federi!"
Captain Rushka Donegal on the bridge! But the young girl doesn't feel up to running a ship full of unruly young crew. And then they come across disaster... So it falls to Federi to pick up the pieces while his Captain is not aboard. And while he rolls his dramatic eyes and gets things done, Paean Donegal arms up and signs on for the Fight for Freedom.
"Remember who you are!"
Two data capsules tell an evil story. Both the Unicate and the Rebellion want those capsules - but they are in the possession of Radomir Lascek of the Solar Wind. Hunted by both these forces, Lascek scrambles to keep his Solar Wind alive. But things explode in his face, and he is forced to move. Shattered, Lascek launches his own Master Plan - too early.
When Paean, a teen musician, boards the 'Solar Wind' with her brothers, all she wants is to escape from those monstrous forces hunting for them. But she is out of luck, because the Solar Wind is a pirate ship. Suddenly all the rules have changed, and she must find her way in this quicksand to figure out whom to trust, what to keep secret, and how to help the high-tech ship evade the law.