Carmen is a South African writer, based in Pretoria, Gauteng (originally from the beautiful city of Cape Town!). She has always been a writer at heart, even though her path led me her to study and work in a field completely unrelated to writing. As the saying goes: 'Nevertheless, she persisted.' Which she did. With a husband and two sons by her side, always supporting her, she never stopped writing – even when it was only just for herself.
She is the founder of Owlish Press Content Agency. She is the co-founder and writer for Seasoned Journeys, a digital lifestyle magazine. And, of course, she writes fiction.
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.
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?
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 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 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.
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.