I am a lapsed mathematician, intensely curious about almost everything, and with a great love for words. My favourite things are order, photography, being out in nature, scuba diving, travel, and being at home. I work in investments, using my mathematical training, and try to add as many ocean-related elements to my life outside of work, as possible.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. There are many wild, natural spaces around the city, many of them beaches. The sea surrounds the city on three sides, and one orients oneself in relation to the mountain or the ocean. There is a rich maritime history here. My mother used to take us for walks at the Port of Cape Town when I was a child, and I was always thrilled to be close to the ships and fascinated by their history and workings. Being close to the ocean, and having opportunities to experience it, fostered my interest in matters marine.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The research, actually, is the greatest joy of writing for me! Whether it's going outdoors to investigate a particular location, hunting down source material, or reading someone else's work - that's what gets me going. And occasionally so bogged down that I forget to put words to paper!
Explore Cape Town's maritime history with this illustrated mini guide to the visible shipwrecks along the coast of the Cape Peninsula. Discover where the visible shipwrecks along the Cape Peninsula coastline are, how to reach them, and their history. Craft an itinerary of historical substance and outdoor experiences as you delve into the links that Cape Town has to the historical ocean economy.