Kerry graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1990 with a Bachelor of Social Science Degree, majoring in Sociology.
Her final year theses were ‘The Socio-Economic implications of the then proposed development of Cape Town’s Water Front (today known as the V&A Waterfront) and ‘Politics of Human Sexuality; An inquiry into the South African Legal System’.
She also has an International Advertising Diploma (Boston House AAA) and completed the Estate agents board Exam - which she has never used (but thought at the time it was a good idea!!!)
Kerry has been working in the Music and Entertainment industry since 1994. She specializes in Artist and Band management and production, with a strong focus on the business-of-creativity.
When did you first start writing and why ?
My addiction to roll playing conversations in my head was something I have always struggled with. I think everyone experiences this, some more intense than others.
The birth of these snippets was an attempt to cure the continuous and exhausting chitter chatter going on in my brain. With the controversy of falling pregnant out of wedlock (age 29 years)and the dark years that followed, these conversations got severely out of control. Added, I was riddled with guilt for bringing a child into this world, a cruel harsh world that I did not want to be part of.The huge financial stress accompanied with the pretence that ‘I was coping’, resulted in total exhaustion. Overwhelmed, feeling deeply alone with my thoughts and feelings, I hit rock bottom. I hit that space where I believed that the only way out, the only way to end the madness between my mind and the hardcore world out there, would be to end my life and take my child with me. That seemed so much safer and peaceful.
Yet in that space I clutched onto what I hoped would be a life saving solution to protect my child. I came up with a game plan. One last shot at trying to do this really difficult thing called life. Not to mention life as a single parent. In desperation I made a bizarre contract with myself. Every time I started roll-playing conversations in my head, I had to replace those chats with a funny-once-upon-a-time-type story. Inspiration and subject matter was based on my day-to-day and other people’s experiences, events and situations that popped into my world. And so the snippets were born. And as the snippets grew, they contributed immensely to quieting down my mind and getting me through one day at a time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After years of writing in my head, I decided it was time to put my snippets down on paper. It was only once I read a completed snippet that I realized what each snippet represented. And not just for me, but for a whole bunch of other single mothers out there. And not just Jewish women dealing with the taboos of single parenting, but a broader community of people, who were trapped in the condemnation and judgments of 'what society says is normal and what is meant to be'!
The Main theme; The taboos of single Jewish parenting and failing pregnant out of wedlock with a non-Jewish man whom one hardly knows. Sub themes ; #The Politics of human sexuality; a journey of a woman trying to figure out and explore her own sexuality. #Sending up and taking on the legal system, family advocates and psychologists. #A spiritual healing journey, a poke at all religion & esotericism, and a big poke at Zara Zee (aka myself). #Through forgiveness we can find humor
So now I hope to communicate what so many women truly feel but do not feel safe to talk about for fear of being rejected or frowned upon. Hopefully I am simply just putting it out there. Putting out a whole bunch of truthful stuff that others feel but are just unable to say.
Ps Did I mention that through forgiveness we are able to find humor? Pps This not a feminist burning bra message tale either.
Meet Zara Zee, band manager addicted to role playing conversations in her head. On falling pregnant out of wedlock with a non-Jewish man, Zara tackles the taboos of single parenting. Supported by the gay aesthete, now ordained The God Father, she comically befuddles & fumble’s her way through each snippet of life-in-labour and parenthood. An intriguing insight into the politics of human sexuality.