"Right now I am reclining in my Lazyboy recovering from a five mile walk - stumbling the last five hundred meters - planning the follow-up of the free booklet on "7 Tips to help you keep your mind from aging". The reason why I have to "recover" is because I have been inactive for months while working on my latest three novellas. Never been this unfit, but with a daily walk, adding half a mile each day, I should improve quickly, without disappointing you, my faithful readers and fans by neglecting my writing. Writing first, walking afterward.
Meantime, get my free booklet and keep your mind young, alert and focused, following the tips while waiting for my next stories. Did I mention this publication is free? Download and start on it now. You are not too young."
Sophia was born in Kroonstad, grew up on the West-Rand, lived in Johannesburg most part of her life and relocated two years ago to Cape Town where she now lives. She is married, has four married children and nine grand children.
She wrote her first story when she was in primary school. Over a period of many years a number of stories followed, none of which she tried to get published. "I guess it is the empty nest syndrome" that made me decide to try to publish. With no more distractions she can now focus all her attention on writing all those stories that have been screaming to be written for so many years. She describes it as a "writing explosion" the way the stories push and shove at each other to, at last, be put into words, each story trying to be the next one published. Three years ago she published a printed book in Afrikaans entitled "Areafees" (translated it means Zone Celebration).
She co-wrote a book with her husband, Paul, an army veteran, a suspense crime drama, "Deadly Innocence" which was published under her husband's name, Paul W Roets. Together Paul and Sophia are working on their next joint effort, the title might be "The Stellenbosch Story". This novel is a historic, mystery and will be published, Godwilling, by the second quarter of 2016 also under the name of her husband, Paul W, Roets.
Andrew Stephens will have a book published by Sophia by the third quarter next year, also about religion matters with a sinister touch and a bit of a futuristic perspective.
Painting, reading, gardening, walking along the beach and stroking the cat are the most important of her other interests. Sophia also love to take pictures of interesting things.
Recently Sophia discovered blogging. In her blog she tells more about her books, how they were inspired and about the research that had to be done to make the stories happen.
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Smashwords book reviews by Sophia Roets
- Smashwords Style Guide
on Dec. 30, 2014
Even after completing my first book, I was ignorant at anything more than writing a book on a computer. Through a friend, Cathy Conradie, I got to know about Smashwords. That changed everything for me. I followed the Style Guide carefully, very nervously and the results were amazing. Very quickly I published my first book earlier this year. A second book followed a little easier. Without Smashwords Style Guide I'd still be wishing. Thank you, Mark Coker, for creating this platform from a perspective of someone as uninformed as I was. I have learned so much. Now for studying the Marketing Guide
- Refined By His Fire
on Jan. 07, 2015
This is a very readable story about family, friendship and faith. Cathy plotted the story carefully, demonstrating how faithfulness through hardship takes us to the next level of maturity. Both Adrian and Barry endured enormous challenges and prevailed. Their characters changes from scared, confused boyhood to brave men, always ready to face whatever came their way and never back down. Cathy, we are looking forward to the next excellent fruit from your pen, (or rather, your computer).
- Tranquility, At Last
on June 03, 2015
This is a very interesting thought: what if they didn't. It triggers the imagination. What were in his thoughts. Did he, at some point change his mind about the pill? How long did he last if not? How did the end play out for him? And the guys at NASA? What were in their thoughts? How did they sleep?
Well plotted, well constructed, no unnecessary detail. If all Ray Daley's books are like this, I'd like to read more.
- Nobody's Cat (An Ode to a Stray Cat)
on June 03, 2015
This is a heartbreaking story, but so true. How often do we experience the very same thing, unable to do anything about it. This poem speaks for many of us who care, but are not in a position to help.
- The Blood Of Jesus
on July 05, 2015
I hardly feel myself qualified to write a review on this book, but in all humility I will give my opinion. From the first paragraph to the last I have been touched by the direct honesty and clarity with which the subject of the Blood of Jesus and it's meaning to us, is handled. I thought I knew all about it, but this writer has in this book, revealed things I have never considered or realized, like the names of the gates to the Temple and the meaning of the items that was placed in the Ark of the Covenant. Some other aspects I have been wondering about, have been cleared in my mind. Aspects that I knew about, but have never been sure how it is applied.
This book is nothing but excellent. I will most certainly watch out to purchase other books by this author.
- Cross Roads
on Nov. 02, 2015
I found this book to be simple, straightforward and to the point. No falling off the topic or distracting details. Sing says it as it is: Jesus Christ is the way to the Kingdom of God. Without Him, no going anywhere good. Best is, Sing backs up all he says with solid scripture, leaving no room for doubt.
- The Sacrifice
on Dec. 22, 2015
First of all, I have to mention that I have read the original, Afrikaans version. And I liked it a lot. I give it at least a four star rating. It is a gripping story of two young men who overcome enmity towards each other through forgiveness and compassion. The technical part of the English version could have been better, but it does not change the fact that it is a very good story, good plot with strong character development. The fact that the author used real life situations makes it all the more believable. Like the incident with the "likkewaan", I remember learning about it in a TV news clip some time previously. The author shows a special kind of humor that she applies effectively to break the tension wherever needed. I sincerely hope there will be more books by Cathy Conradie to follow. Looking forward to reading whatever might be on its way.