Paula Marais is the author of several books including her recent novel Shadow Self, which was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and is an alumnus of Bread Loaf in Vermont, the oldest and most illustrious writing conference in the US. Paula lives in Cape Town and is addicted to travel, quality coffee and beautiful views.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I could pick up a pen. Words have fascinated me my whole life. My first poem was published when I was eight and gradually my focus grew to short stories and now full-length fiction.
Describe your desk
My desk is not as neat as I would like it to be - I'm often juggling creativity and other work so papers tend to pile up. But I have an amazing view of Table Mountain, which changes every day - so inspiring. My office is on the upstairs level of our house and it's the only testosterone-free zone in the house. That's why my walls are burgundy with a decal of a tree and pink birds on the walls. I have WRITE in huge silver letters on the wall above one window and on my cupboards are pics of my current characters from A Fish Out of Water, which I hope to finish in May.
An award-winning dark psychological novel of mental illness and murder set in suburban Cape Town. Thea Middleton finds herself behind bars for an unthinkable crime.
As she, her husband Clay and oldest daughter Sanusha try to repair their shattered lives, their individual accounts form the pieces of a tragic puzzle that will haunt them forever.
A love triangle set in the winelands of South Africa. Artist Helen Shaw meets the De Villiers brothers and is torn between Jared’s tempestuous unpredictability and Max’s sensitivity and romance. But a secret lurks at Bourgogne and tragedy is only a harvest away.
A story of love, betrayal and passion set during the Second World War in France. Against all odds and despite the obvious danger, Cédonie Boineau and Kommandant Kurt Auer get caught up in a romance they find impossible to resist. And when the war is finally over and truths come to the light, Cédonie is left at the mercy of the town to face her punishment.