Carmen Botman

Biography

I have a degree in a field in which I have lost almost all interest,but I still do it part-time to pay the bills. I am the wife to an amazing husband and mother to an equally amazing little boy, as well as two labradors. If I had my way, I'd give up the career that I studied for and be a full-time writer. Of course, there remains the niggly problem of bills... Anyhow, I grew up hooked on books in general, with Roald Dahl and Agatha Christie being my favourites in my younger years. I am a huge Douglas Adams fan, and of any other well-written, sucks-you-right-in reads. If it's slightly odd, chances are I'll like it. I am a proud supporter of local Indie authors!

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My mother tells me I wrote it when I was about six years old and it was about our dog. Apparently our German Shepherd seems to have been the protagonist in many of my initial stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't actually remember the first story I read, but I do remember my father reading me all the Hans Christian Anderson and Grimm fairy tales every night. The magic and fantasy had a profound effect on me, to the extent that I was actually convinced for many years that I could really do magic.
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Books

The Icarus Curse: Part II
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,870. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Continue with Shiloh on her journey in this second instalment. Shiloh Reed carries the burden of mankind on her shoulders – literally. Having inherited her father’s notorious legacy in this dystopian world, Shiloh realises that she holds the only blueprints in existence that could potentially save the planet from the brink of extinction.
The Icarus Curse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,000. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Shiloh Reed carries the burden of mankind on her shoulders – literally. Having inherited her father’s notorious legacy in this dystopian world, Shiloh realises that she holds the only blueprints in existence that could potentially save the planet from the brink of extinction. Does she have the courage to execute this? Who should she place her trust in?
Dahlias and Daisies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,350. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Having lived in a poor, gang-infested community on the Cape Flats her entire life, Carla Milton dreams of one day leaving this area. All she wants is a brand new beginning for her son and her soon-to-be husband. But her dingy past threatens to catch up with her and sabotage all her plans. Is it really possible to truly leave such a life behind?
STORM Volume I
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,660. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
STORM is an anthology of short stories around a common theme - a storm. Volume I is a mix of fantasy, science fiction and dystopian stories where people's lives are influenced by the occurrence of a storm, physical, moral or magical. Set in worlds apart from our own, authors of the Pretoria Writers' Group give life to characters who may not seem so far away from us after all.
STORM Volume II
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,060. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: April 25, 2014 by Linzé Brandon. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Anthologies
STORM is an anthology of short stories around a common theme - a storm. Volume II is a mix of four contemporary stories where people's lives are influenced by the occurrence of a storm: physical, moral or imaginary. Set in a modern day setting, four authors of the Pretoria Writers' Group brings stories from real life, in sometimes difficult circumstances, to this anthology.
The Secret
Price: Free! Words: 4,070. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00)
How far would you go to keep a secret? How many years of your life would you spend protecting something this dark? Marjory and Leonard have been doing just this for so many years that it has become second-nature to them. But the secret they've kept for so long is now doing more damage than ever.
The Perfect Stranger
Price: Free! Words: 3,640. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
(4.00)
Jamie had been a sceptic about all things in life, that is until she meets Terry and she starts to fall for him almost immediately. She had finally met the perfect guy ... or had she?

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Smashwords book reviews by Carmen Botman

  • Trust A Good Marriage on Jan. 11, 2014

    Very skilfully written. Keeps you guessing until the end. I loved it.