It was such an honour to make the shortlist for the Short Sharp Story Award, and even more so to be included in the anthology. I learned a lot from the editor, Joanne, and I can honestly say my future work will benefit richly from the experience.
Continue reading “Trade Secrets”
I absolutely adore the cover of my new novel out now in Germany, Zwei Herzen im Goldfischglas. (It translates as Two Hearts in a Goldfish Bowl).
It’s about a kid who uses his amazing observational skills and logic to help the girl of his dreams become popular.
It’s a quirky love story that tackles some tough topics, like Autism and rape culture (especially pertinent now with the Stanford rape case dominating the headlines.)
What do you think of the cover?
It’s been a busy couple of weeks with writing taking up most of my time. I’ve been itching to blog, but every time I sit down in front of my computer I automatically open my manuscript and the next thing I know it’s time for bed.
Not that I’m complaining. I love slipping into my own little world and only coming up for air if I really have to. But blogging is good too and I’ve been dying to share my good news.
Continue reading “Some Sharp Edges news”
Črna zanka means “Black Tab” in Slovene, according to Google Translate.
It’s also the title of the Slovene translation of Dark Poppy’s Demise!
Sharp Edges comprises six chapters written from six different perspectives. Here are a few quotes that capture the mood of some of these chapters.
Continue reading “Quotes from Sharp Edges”
19 September 2013.
I have just arrived back from a whirlwind publicity tour of Joburg. In one sentence – it was hot, exhilarating and awesome.
Continue reading “Sharp Edges goes to Jozi”
3 May 2013
The Dispatch Online has posted the full interview I did with The Times a few weeks ago.
Continue reading “Interview in The Sunday Times”
Every year around Halloween the Book Lounge is taken over by hideous fiends who come out the shadows to share bloodcurdling stories of horror and macabre.
Continue reading “Bloody Parchment, The Root Cellar and other stories”
28 August 2012
IBBY – the International Board on Books for Young People – does incredible work promoting children’s fiction. I’m a member of the South African chapter, which holds regular Book Bashes to celebrate SA lit. This year’s world congress took place in August at Imperial College in London. The event looked at how children’s fiction crosses boundaries, and included an Honour Roll showcase of notable children’s fiction from around the world, including my second novel, Fuse. I had to go. It seemed like the experience of a lifetime, and I was determined to find a way to get there. And so I did.
Continue reading “Fuse goes to London!”
20 June 2012
The winners of the Media 24 Literary awards were announced earlier this month.
I’m thrilled that my third novel Dark Poppy’s Demise was awarded the M.E.R Prize for youth fiction even though I was convinced that this wasn’t going to be my year. The shortlist included two excellent award winning novels so I definitely felt like the underdog. The judges had this to say about the novel, “The book is wonderfully written and gripping from beginning to end.”
Continue reading “Dark Poppy’s Demise wins an award!”