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!
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”
9 October 2013
I’ve been hard at work getting the word out about my new novel Sharp Edges so I thought I’d share some of my recent activities.
Continue reading “Spreading the Sharp Edged message”
Anthony Horowitz kicked off his South African tour with an appearance at Exclusive Books V&A Waterfront. It was a great privilege to introduce the best-selling author to the crowd, and an even greater privilege to soak in the knowledge of one of my all-time favourite authors.
Continue reading “Meeting Anthony Horowitz”
18 June 2012
Last Friday I was invited by everybody’s favourite book shop, The Book Lounge, to chat to a group of grade seven girls from Red River High School.
The group formed part of the Rock Girl grassroots program that invests in young girls from poor communities.
I read from my latest novel, Dark Poppy’s Demise, and spoke about my journey to becoming a writer.
The girls were shy at first, but after the Q&A they really opened up and started bombarding me with questions and hugs and posing for photos.
Thanks to the generosity of the Book Lounge and the creative community, each girl was able to choose a book from the huge selection of children’s and YA fiction on offer. It was great fun browsing through titles with the girls and referring my favourites.
Many thanks to the Book Lounge for the awesome opportunity.
Read the full article at Plascon Trends.
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!”
10 June 2011
The Mail & Guardian printed its annual 200 Young South Africans supplement today. I was just one of many local creatives to make the prestigious list.
I’m in good company with fellow writers Cynthia Jele, Mandy Wiener and Sam Wilson on the 2011 list. Previous Young South Africans include Lauren Beukes, Zukiswa Wanner and Andy Peterson.
Here’s the link.