There are so many reasons; this has been a difficult road for me. As a South African author the publishing industry is very limited here. I was totally in the dark, had no support and well I was inpatient with my first book, didn’t know what it entailed, what signs to look out for, or what exactly to research. I ended up (the impatient me) signing a deal with a vanity press company. I have to say I do not regret it at all – their reach is fantastic, but it is costly - very. I finally came to this decision because in the long run I get higher rewards. I am also a control freak and would like to make this my business! And perhaps one day soon I can help other South African author just like me. And Thirdly I get to choose my own cover artist. This is purely a career choice for me. Traditional publishing is a big deal a big dream but without an agent – they will not take a second look at your work. With today’s technology and the growth of self publishing – being in book stores can be anyone’s dream!
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
The book I am currently working on is book two in the series entitled Evanescent – A Broken Novel.
Is a book is about loss and love – love in many forms, and in all its forms. About choices, and consequences. About redemption, and salvation.
Where do you prefer to buy your books?
Here I buy paperback through exclusive books. Ebooks Amazon.
Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
Nope that has not happened yet! But I must say the twist in the final Breaking dawn movie was a great surprise. You know when in the movie you see Carlisle and Jasper die in the battle and then moments later its revealed it was a vision of what would happen – Loved that.
Do you buy a book by the cover?
Do you have a book trailer?
What are your thoughts on book trailers?
Love them! Music and imagery is a wonderful, powerful tool that sets the tone and emotion - if done correctly.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes, write every day. Take breaks, think things through. Be patient. Be diligent, ask for help. Edit, edit, edit, edit! Never be afraid to be you! Get a proof reader. Go for it!
Do you write under a pen name?
What date were you born? - you can leave off the year if you like.
A sunny day! A summer day! A beautiful day J
Do you have a nickname?
Did you have a favorite toy as a child?
Yes a worm called Bennie book wurm - It was a character from a kiddies show – a bookworm literally, and when you pushed his tummy he lit up. Like a night light. A green cute worm with big black reading glasses.
An early childhood memory -
As a kid our holidays spend in the busveld – our family loves nature. The nature here is spectacular.
What are your pet peeves?
People who try to impress others.
White wine or red?
Red. White gives me the worst headache.
Coffee or tea?
What do you normally eat for breakfast, of do you skip it and get straight to work?
Fruit – I have to eat and I do all the time. My family and friends should call me starving! Because I always Feel that way.
Sleep in or get up early?
I love my sleep, but it depends on my schedule.
Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad -
I love book reviews weather it was good or bad ,because I take from it and learn from it. But don’t ever personally attack and author, its all opinion.
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?
The Glimpse by Claire Merle. Once by Anna Carey .
List 3 of your favorite movies?
Transformers. The Avengers and Last of the Mohicans
What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
If your book was made into a TV series or Movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters? Feel free to add pics.
My goal as an Author is to touch people’s lives and help others love their differences and one another.
A firm believer in - YA saves!