Sabrina deSouza was born in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia, grew up in Darwin, Northern Territory, and moved to Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory before relocating to Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as an Honours Degree in Science. deSouza spent nine years as an Australian Customs Officer, the last seven of which were spent as an intelligence analyst. After deciding to leave government and join private industry, she went to work as a consultant and the principal trainer with Visual Analysis in Canberra before leaving to start her own consultancy business, Q3i2 in Queensland.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Darwin, Northern Territory in Australia with my six siblings and my parents since 1971. There wasn't a lot on TV in Darwin so I became an avid Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple fan. I became engrossed in reading Sci-Fi Fantasy when my sister, Charmaine forced me to read Terry Brook's "The Sword of Shannara" in the mid-80's (possibly just to get rid of me so she could read volume 2). I became hooked and started buying up other Fantasy novelists. But it didn't quite capture ALL of my interests and sometimes I just wasn't happy with the way their stories ended. Besides, there isn't a lot of entertainment that crossed over EVERYTHING that I like: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Crime Thrillers, Paranormal, Comedy, Action, Horror and Spiritual. I can honestly say that writing the Houkura series was based on a lot of my own personal discontent about the plots of other books (why didn't they do this? etc..), my bizarre sense of humour and the odd nightmare or two.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing the Houkura series in 1996. I had already worked through the main plot and characters when my sister, Charmaine asked me to take her to the hospital. While waiting in the ER, I explained my plot and penned it out on a small notepad she had. (I still have the notepad). I think after her encouragement, I finally put fingers to keyboard and actually started writing.