ROSACon 2021 Presenters
ROSACon 2021 English Presenters
"I write because for just a moment, I have your undivided attention, and for just that moment, I can carry you into my world and entertain you."
I have 4 kids, 4 dogs and 4 cats. I’ve never jumped out of a moving airplane or off a bridge, but I do enjoy red wine, a good whiskey, and coffee.
What most people don’t know is that I play the guitar, and was doing a lot of open-mic nights, and looking for gigs. I wrote songs, because I had given up on writing books so many times over the years. To write a book, you have to write about 300 pages, about 80,000 words, and it takes a long time. To write a song, you only have to write a few hundred words, 2 pages, and you can do it over just one bottle of wine.
I can’t speak for other authors, but my heroes are not alter egos of myself. When I write, I some up with a premise first, and then construct a story around that with characters that enrich the story. When I need to add colour to a scene, or make characters and experiences more real, I bring in snippets from people I know and stories I’ve heard. Some of my kids have had cameo roles in some of my scenes. People have shared experiences that end up in some of my stories. Characters are a mosaic, born of different experiences and moments, parts of personalities I’ve seen or encountered.
Natasha Anders has been drawing praise and attention as a unique voice in romance since 2012. Her first novel, The Unwanted Wife, was a bestselling sensation and remains a consistent favorite among readers. Her 2017 novel, The Wingman, the first in her Alpha Men trilogy, was a finalist for a 2018 Romance Writers of America RITA Award.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Anders spent nine years as an associate English teacher in Niigata, Japan, where she became a legendary karaoke diva. Anders currently lives in Cape Town with her temperamental chihuahua, Maia; her moody budgie, Baxter; sweet little chihuahua Hana; and her little wingman, adorable parrotlet, Mason.
Readers can connect with her through her Facebook page, on Twitter at @satyne1, or at www.natashaanders.com
Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa, and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels. The first Heyer novel she ever read was Sylvester and she was hooked on Georgette Heyer after that. She read and reread her novels, and fell totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes! After school and university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she published her first Regency novel, The Dashing Debutante.
Alissa travelled overseas and worked as a flight attendant in Dubai before she moved to England, where she did an odd assortment of jobs while researching her second novel, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which she wrote when she moved back to South Africa. Alissa’s third Regency novel, A Marchioness Below Stairs, is the sequel to Lord Fenmore’s Wager.
Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is also the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which have been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.
Born in South Africa, romance author Francine Beaton now lives in Glasgow with her Scottish-born husband and daughter.
It’s easy to figure out why Francine's debut novel, Eye on the Ball, as well as the series, Playing for Glory, has rugby as a theme. During rugby season, you’ll find her either next to the pitch or in front of the television, following her favourite teams. That came as a legacy from her childhood, watching the game with her father and three older brothers. She adopted the motto, "If you can't beat them, join them."
When she is not reading or writing about love and Happy Ever After, she’s most likely busy painting or taking photos of everything that catches her eye.
Therese Beharrie is a South African romance author of several acclaimed novels, including her One Day to Forever series. She takes pride in writing diverse characters and settings, and her books are often recommended for their heart and banter. She lives in Cape Town with her husband, her inspiration for every hero, and two adorable baby boys. You can follow her on social media or visit her at theresebeharrie.com.
Tamsyn is a bestselling romance author, an editor, and a lover of books and coffee. She spends her days writing dirty romantic comedy with her best friend, and when she's not typing away on her keyboard, she's sharing her journey of recovery from mental illness, raising awareness about Mental Health, and spending time with her four-legged babies. You can visit her website at www.tamsynbester.com
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Eden Bradley aka Eve Berlin has written erotica and erotic romance for Berkley, Bantam, Harlequin Spice/HQN, Samhain Publishing and Black Lace, Red Hot Romance Publishing, as well as indie publishing. Her work has been called "elegant, intelligent and sensual". Her debut novel THE DARK GARDEN was praised as "a masterpiece", and was a Romantic Times Top Pick. More recently, her novella GIRL (Book One in The Training House Series) has repeatedly been called "phenomenal", and BDSM author Jenna Jacob said "Nothing has touched me like this since 'Story of O'". Her novels and novellas have been translated into 13 languages.
As someone who has been involved in BDSM practice for much of her adult life, she relates in particular to her kink stories, infusing them with her own truth about kink practice from her life experiences. Eden speaks regularly on BDSM psychology and practice, as well as sex positive culture for women. She lives in Northern California, and loves art, shoes, tattoos, her Boston Terrier puppy, chocolate, and reading and writing smutty books, of course, not necessarily in that order.
To find out more about Eden, her books, or her sex, kink and writing workshops, visit her online: EdenBradley.com
Michael Cordes was born in Johannesburg on 28 June 1942. His mother came from an 1820 Settler family in the Eastern Cape and his father was born in San Francisco USA.
Although he grew up on a farm near Nelspruit (now Mbombela), he attended St Andrews College in Grahamstown (now Makhanda). After school, he served in the S A Navy before spending a year as an Advertising Representative on the Sunday Express (same stable as the Sunday Times) newspaper in Johannesburg.
His short time in the newspaper business also offered him the opportunity to start his passion for writing.
After completing a course at the University of Kentucky in the USA, he set off around the world; working has passage on a ship from the west coast of the USA up to Alaska, then down to Tahiti and on to New Zealand. After a few months working there, he travelled to Brisbane, around other parts of Australia and eventually, after two years, landed back in South Africa with R2 in his pocket.
His writing started with newsletters for organisations in which he was involved. This developed into a column in the Farmer’s Weekly that started in 2001 and he still writes to this day. He has written for various trade publications locally and abroad. He recently completed his autobiography.
While living in Edenvale he was a member, and previous Chairman, of Writers 2000. He remains an active country member. He also joined Romance Writers of Southern Africa (ROSA) after settling in Port Alfred.
He still produces a quarterly journal for the Naval Officers’ Association.
When Michael retired to Port Alfred in 2018, he decided to get away from agricultural writing and find a new genre. He settled for romantic fiction. He has written a novel, a novellete and a number of short stories in the genre.
He is divorced, has two daughters and two granddaughters.
His eldest daughter and her husband live in Port Alfred and have a cosy flatlet in their garden where he stays.
Ellie Darkins spent her formative years devouring romance novels, and after completing her English degree she decided to make a living from her love of books. As a writer and editor her work now entails dreaming up romantic proposals, hot dates with alpha males and trips to the past with dashing heroes. When she's not working she can usually be found at her local library or out for a run.
South African author, Dorothy Ewels, lives in the city of her birth, Cape Town, with her husband, son, two crazy rescue dogs and a cat with plenty of cattitude.
A lifelong love affair with reading got her writing at a young age, but it wasn’t until she was retrenched in 2017 that she finally found the courage to write her first book, leading to its publication in 2018.
She’s addicted to coffee, books and finding humour in life, not to mention happy endings against all odds.
As well as being a proud and active member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa (ROSA).
Dorothy is also thrilled to be a contributing author in Samantha A. Cole’s Suspenseful Seduction World, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s Cocky Hero Club and Kristen Proby’s Lady Boss Press.
Utilizing each and every spare minute he can find throughout the day, Oliver enjoys writing the quintessential great American novel that refuses to end with his favorite writing software—Scrivener. When he’s not writing or working, he enjoys spending his time reading an adventurous fantasy novel, playing Mario Kart and Pokémon Go with his family, and visualizing his own intrepid adventures brought to life on the page.
Bestselling author Ashleigh Giannoccaro writes edgy dark romance and erotic horror, self-published by choice she writes the stories others don’t dare. Currently residing in Johannesburg, South Africa with her two daughters and a menagerie of pets, Ashleigh enjoys writing stories that make you fall in love with the unlovable and leaves you asking questions. When not writing she can be found with her Kindle in a sunny spot reading or taking long walks to nowhere.
Jason Hes is an awarded Johannesburg-based author and copywriter, who lives with his cat and loves to write horror stories. He has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Witwatersrand, an Honours in Literature, and a Bachelors in English and Media Studies. 'Our Immaculate' is his debut novel.
Tamryn Iyer is a graduate in Social Sciences from Rhodes University. She’s experienced working as an intern at a rape crisis centre – handling social media and doing empowerment talks.
She worked as an English teacher (educational rockstar) in Vietnam and is part of the Global Shapers Community (a division of the World Economic Forum) and more specifically, the Durban Hub.
Her time and energy is devoted to her startup, Impact17. Impact17 is a startup that utilizes social media as a tool of empowerment and facilitator of social change. From helping an entrepreneur launch their brand through Instagram to working with organizations and giving them content direction, she enjoys the ever-changing interwebs and how we can make the best use of it!
She’s passionate about three fields: CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURSHIP and TRAVEL.
Collette Kelly lives in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa with her husband, two daughters and two feline furbabies.
Collette is passionate about life, people and words, she divides her time between coaching work and writing, where she flirts with fantasy and fiction in her novels, indulging in unspoken secrets and embracing wanton fantasies … all before parents-teachers’ meetings.
Charlotte is the Publishing Director of One More Chapter. She started in publishing in 2011 at Mills & Boon before moving across to HarperCollins in 2013. Since then, she has worked across commercial fiction from million-copy-bestseller Debbie Johnson to USA Today and Kindle #1 bestseller Sue Fortin. A champion for digital publishing, Charlotte was highly commended at the Futurebook awards and won the Book Marketing Society’s Best Shoestring Campaign for her work on the first online romance festival. She was shortlisted for The Bookseller and SYP’s Trailblazer of the Year award and has won the RNA’s Publisher of the Year award twice. Charlotte is looking for strong, unique voices and fresh twists on commercial hooks.
Marianne's first memories were of loving animals and stories. So naturally, she became a vet and writer! Her career has allowed her to travel the world and she brings the places she's been to life in her books.
Marianne writes feel-good stories about women with interesting careers and is a firm believer in happy endings. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her partner and her cat.
From always choosing the storytelling option in English & French classes to sneaking a Mills&Boon romance under the desk at school, Zee went on to make a career out of writing the kind of emotional romances all young girls junk on.
Her Mauritius and Indian-based romances have all the classic makings of Bollywood-type drama: overbearing mothers, matchmaking aunties, ‘proper’ eligible suitors who look like frogs, race & class divides.
Travel to the UK (London, Surrey, & North Yorkshire), and you meet people—young and more mature—struggling to find ‘The One’ amid the drudgery of day-to-day life, never mind if they’re a simple graphic designer working from home, a world-renowned supermodel battling anorexia, or a reluctant heiress on the run.
Take to the Corpus Agency mantle, and become lethal spies & assassins who nevertheless feel the call of love in their dark and shady lives…
Of Indian origin & a 2x breast cancer survivor, Zee lives in paradise (aka Mauritius!) with her long-suffering husband, their smart-mouth teenage son, and their tabby cat who thinks herself a fearsome feline from the nearby African Serengeti plains. When she isn’t in her kitchen rolling out chapattis or baking cakes while singing along to the soundtrack of Glee, she can be found reading or catching up on her numerous TV show addictions. In her day job, she is an editor who helps other authors like her hone their works and craft.
Born and raised in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa and now living in the City of Gold, Johannesburg, Charlene's days are an energetic mixture of a full time job, a wife and Mom to two beautiful teenagers. She holds a Law Degree and is an avid events manager.
Believing writing is the wings to holistic escapism, she makes the time in her busy schedule giving life to her dreams of bringing together passion filled heroes and heroines in a happily ever after.
Alexander Niehues (aka Alex Newton) worked as a senior management consultant in the corporate world for 20 years before quitting his career to work at home in Stuttgart and founding K-lytics.
Eliza Peake is an international bestselling author of sexy, swoon-worthy contemporary romance. She writes stories with smart, sassy heroines, charming, swoony heroes who love their women in all the right ways, and happily ever afters with all the feels. She also co-hosts The Misfits Guide to Writing Indie Romance podcast.
In her downtime, she reads all the panty-melting romances she can get her hands on, drinks gallons of coffee, and tries to wrangle her addiction to Mexican food.
She currently resides in North Georgia with her family and dreams of retiring to the beach someday where she will continue writing steamy romance stories to her heart’s content.
Marilize is an author of historical romance set in Cape Town, South Africa. She has always had a fascination for Regency Romance, but although she has read plenty of romances set in other British Colonies, she has never found one set in the Cape of Good Hope, and decided to remedy the situation. Occasionally she dabbles in short stories, contemporary romance and comedy.
She has been an avid reader all her life, and pronounced proudly to her mother once, when she was five years old, that she would one day write a book.
She has tried her hand at many different occupations, including riding instructor, horse-trail guide, stable manager, freelance typist, photographic assistant, saddler, show secretary, maintenance contractor’s assistant, horse handler on television shows, public relations consultant, and Administrative assistant.
She lives with her husband and son in Cape Town and is currently hard at work on her next novel.
Mark Scheepers is a writer, photographer, actor, designer and social entrepreneur. The former managing editor of the Caxton Soweto Urban group of 11 newspapers has also contributed articles to the Health Notes section of Destiny Man magazine on topics ranging from mental health to lifestyle diseases and had a regular column in Exit Newspaper titled, ‘ Township Tales’ , a hilarious look at Gay life in the township.
He was a regular book reviewer for Fairlady Magazine . In 2012 his play for teens, ‘ Sugar Daddies Rot Your Teeth’, won the runner-up prize in the Maskew Miller Longman Youth Literature Awards and was subsequently published as part of an anthology for Grades7-9, alongside Gcina Mhlophe and Karina Szczurek. He has had two scripts produced for television as part of the Ekasi-Our Stories series, ‘Ubizo-The Calling’ and ‘Toyboy’. When he’s not working or finding funny stories for his work by dating; he enjoys socialising, travelling, scuba diving and entertaining and basically anything involving the outdoors and sport.
In August 2021 his play, DUSK, played to sold out audiences and rave reviews at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg.
He is currently preparing submissions to two romance publishing houses after successful pitches.
When the world re-opens he plans to divide his time between Johannesburg, LA, NY and London and is currently also working on his first novel and two series for ITV and Netflix.
Felicia Snyman was born in the industrial town of Springs, South Africa. She had a happy childhood and went on to study law at the University of Pretoria, RSA. Felicia completed a master's degree in law. She worked as an admitted attorney, where after she worked as a full-time lecturer. She is currently a consultant and romance writer with numerous titles under her own name. Most of her books are published in her mother tongue, Afrikaans.
Once upon a time, Romy dreamed of one day living inside one of the fairy tales in her head. But she grew up in Durban, South Africa – not exactly the sort of place where fairy tale princesses grow up. It took the help of a great many fairy godmothers, the slaying of a few dragons, and not nearly enough pretty glass shoes, for Romy to eventually became the princess she'd always dreamed of being.
As a 2016 finalist for the Romance Writers of America® RITA Award for her novel Not a Fairy Tale, and Chairperson of ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa), all of Romy's dreams have come true. She is not only a multi-published author, but as a writing coach and teacher, she now helps make other writers' dreams come true too.
Though Romy's heart lies in Europe, she doesn't cope well with the cold, so she lives in sunny South Africa, in the City of Gold, Johannesburg, where she is mom to two little princesses and a pet dragon (okay, he's a bearded dragon, but that still counts!)
Romy writes contemporary fairy tale romances and short 1920s historical romances. She loves country music, travel, and musical theatre (she's a die-hard Fansie!). Her favourite authors range from Christina Lauren and Melanie Harlow to Kelly Hunter and Charlaine Harris, JD Robb, Katherine Kerr, Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer.
Shane Starrett has spent twenty-five years writing steamy, erotic technical documents (okay, the erotic part is probably a bit of a stretch) for major companies in the live events industry. His first novel, Submissive Lies, was long in coming, but with guidance from his long-time beta reader of 30 years (Ms. Starrett), it is now complete and available. When he isn’t writing, which isn’t often, he can be found hiking trails up and down the Sierra Nevada’s, and the coastal range in Southern California.
Nicolette established Chasing Dreams Publishing in 2016, when she saw a need for indie authors to have access to professional quality services at affordable rates.
With a background in corporate industry - from engineering to accounting, qualifications in editing and over 15 years of experience as a writer herself - her focus is on working with fiction writers to establish their careers as professional authors.
Her passion lies in developmental editing in fiction - taking a story from conception to publication with the author. With a particular love of flash fiction - the genre which started it all - she believes that anyone with a love for writing should be given the opportunity to chase their dreams.
Mandy's been writing sizzling romantic suspense novels since her debut novel "Master for Life" won the ROSA Strelitzia Award for best manuscript by an unpublished author in 2018. She's a proud founding member of the Romance writers' Organisation of South Africa and is currently serving as the Deputy Chair.
Born and bred in Holland to Dutch/English parents, she has experienced life on three different continents. Amanda currently lives in sunny South Africa with her ever-patient husband and two grown children.
You can find out more about Mandy’s novels under her pen name Amanda Holly at www.amandahollyauthor.com.
Harry Wallett – Relay Publishing
Harry Wallett is the Founder and Managing Director of Relay Publishing based in the UK. Combining his entrepreneurial background with a love of great stories, Harry founded Relay in 2013 as a fresh way to create and publish books. He oversees the creative direction of the company and works to develop an excellent collaborative environment for the Relay team to thrive within. When he isn’t drawing up Relay’s next title, he can be found on the basketball court or trying to catch up with Tamar’s ever-growing list of countries to visit.
Joss Wood loves books and travelling– especially to the wild places of Southern Africa. She has the domestic skills of a pot plant and drinks far too much coffee.
Joss has written for the Kiss/ Modern Tempted, Harlequin Presents and most recently, the Desire line for Harlequin/Mills and Boon. She also writes for Tule Publishing and writes single title romance for Penguin/Random House for their Intermix imprint.
In 2013 Joss won the RT Reviewers Choice Award for best Harlequin Kiss. After a career in pro-business lobbying and local economic development, she now writes full time. Joss lives with her husband and their two teenage children in northern KZN. Joss is a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) and ROSA (Romance Writers of South Africa.)
ROSACon 2021 Afrikaans Sprekers
Alhoewel Sunel Combrinck reeds op die ouderdom van veertien begin skryf het, het sy eers die kuns agter skryf by ROSA geleer nadat sy by die organisasie in 2018 aangesluit het. Sedertdien, het sy al deelgeneem aan die Strelitzia mentorskapprogram. Sy skryf hoofsaaklik Afrikaanse Jong Volwasse- en tienerfiksie net 'n fokus op fantasie en misdaadromanse.
Sy het ook verder 'n passie vir besigheid, bemarking en onderwys en is tans besig om haar eie romanse uit te leef in Centurion saam met haar Universiteitsliefde en pragtige dogter.
Tosca de Villiers
Tosca de Villiers word in die grasvlaktes van die Vrystaat groot en voltooi haar BCom-graad en onderwysdiploma aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat. Nadat sy vir ’n paar jaar skoolgehou het, sprei sy haar vlerke Kaapstad toe, maar ná haar eerste kennismaking met Pretoria se jakarandabome raak sy halsoorkop verlief en besluit om net daar te bly. Sy het al kortverhale gepubliseer en haar eerste Romanza was benoem vir ’n ATKV-Woordveertjie. As sy nie skryf nie, geniet sy dit om te lees, kos te maak en foto’s te neem.
Madelie het begin skryf nadat sy haar werk as lektor in sakekommunikasie verlaat het omdat sy graag iets meer kreatief wou doen. Om romanses te skryf, was die logiese keuse omdat dit iets is wat sy nog altyd graag wou doen en omdat sy graag vir mense die hoop wil voorhou dat geluk ’n keuse is en binne almal se bereik is.
Sy het al bykans 40 boeke in verskeie subgenres van die romanse gepubliseer waarvan die mees onlangse ’n reeks romantiese fantasieë oor tydreise is. Dis nog baie nuut in Afrikaans en sy wil graag meer daarvan doen aangesien die fantasie, spesifiek tydreise, ’n uitstekende agtergrond vir heerlike romantiese verhale skep.
Sophia Kapp skryf die soort stories wat sy self graag lees – liefdesromans. Sy glo onwrikbaar in die liefde en in die helende krag daarvan, maar glo ook dat haar hoofkarakters dieselfde sout as haar lesers moet opeet voordat hulle die vervulling daarvan mag smaak. Daarom plaas sy haar heldinne binne realistiese, lewensgetroue situasies en laat sy hulle spook met geloofwaardige krisisse waardeur vroue dwarsoor die wêreld en die sosiale spektrum moet worstel: verraad, verlies, egskeiding, affairs, miskrame, middelmisbruik, moeilike tieners, bagasie van vorige verhoudings ... Maar vir elke heldin wat bereid is om hierdie krisisse aan te pak en te oorkom, is daar ’n held, ’n man wat by haar pas en haar waardig is; iemand saam met wie sy binne ’n vervullende verhouding geborgenheid vind. En saam met haar op haar reis is daar haar susters – bloedsusters en hartsusters – wat haar optel as sy val, wat haar dra as sy moeg word en wat saam met haar dans wanneer sy feesvier. Die erflating is in 2008 met die ATKV-Woordveertjieprys vir Liefdesromans bekroon en Huis van die wind in 2012. Sophia was ook twee agtereenvolgende jaar die wenner van die Rapport-prys vir die mees inspirerende dosent in die Fakulteit Lettere en Wysbegeerte aan die Potchefstroomkampus van die NWU. Sy het ’n MA in tale aan die destydse UOVS behaal en het aanvanklik ’n akademiese loopbaan gevolg, maar sy was intussen al alles, van ’n barrista tot ’n boekhouer in ’n bank. Tans is sy, benewens ’n skrywer, ook taalpraktisyn, vertaler, dosent en lid van die Taalkommissie van die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns. Sy woon saam met haar man, kind en drie bedorwe honde in Centurion.
Carin Marais is ’n taalpraktisyn en skrywer van Johannesburg. Sy het taalpraktisyns, toegepaste linguistiek en Afrikaans aan die Universiteit van Johannesburg studeer. Haar fantasieverhale, wat sy in beide Afrikaanse en Engels skryf en meestal in sekondêre wêrelde plaasvind, toon ’n aansienlike invloed van verskillende tipes folklore en mitologie.
Haar verhaal “Die eed” het in 2016 die tweede plek in die Verhaal van die jaar-afdeling by die INK Gala-aand behaal en haar verhaal “Pandjieswinkelgoed” het in Vrouekeur verskyn. Carin se Engelse verhale het al in o.a. Jozi Flash, Paragraph Planet en Every Day Fiction verskyn.
Tans is sy besig met ’n Afrikaanse fantasieroman wat in ’n sekondêre wêreld plaasvind en ’n tere liefdesverhaal as middelpunt het, asook ’n Engelse hoë fantasie reeks.
Shawna-Leze Meiring is ‘n redakteur van kinder-en-jeugboeke by Penguin Random House SA.
Haar liefde vir lees is groot en strek ver - Harry Potter was haar eerste groot liefde en sy meet steeds mans aan die hoë standaarde wat hy gestel het.
Shawna-Leze het by die Universiteit van Pretoria studeer en ‘n graad in Uitgewerswese en ‘n MA in Afrikaanse letterkunde behaal.
Dit is vir haar groot pret om met kinderliteratuur te werk omdat daar soveel ruimte is vir kreatiwiteit en pret.
Felicia Snyman is gebore in die industriële dorp, Springs, waar sy ook haar skoolloopbaan
voltooi het. Sy het na skool by TUKS gaan studeer. Felicia is ŉ prokureur, wat met een voet in
praktyk en een in die akademie staan. Sy het in 2019 met die liefde van haar lewe getrou. Hulle
woon tans in Vanderbijlpark.
Felicia het in 2016 haar droom as gepubliseerde skrywer in die liefdesgenre bewaarheid en
spog met verskeie titels onder haar eie naam.
Sy is versot op Boston Terriërs, musiek, dans, lees en haar gesin. Felicia glo ook tee maak
enige iets beter, selfs ŉ gebroke hart.
Frenette van Wyk
Frenette van Wyk is ‘n skrywer van Afrikaanse fiksie en haar eerste boek is in 2006 gepubliseer. Sedertdien het 21 romanses, 5 super romanses, 3 kortverhale, ‘n tydskrifartikel en ou-Kaapse verhaal uit haar pen verskyn.
‘n Fantasie vir jong volwassenes, Elikser, het in Mei op die rakke gekom.
Sy is gebore in Vanderbijlpark, het in die Wesrand groot geword en bly nou al meer as 30 jaar in Pretoria. Sy is getroud met Etienne en hulle het 2 seuns en 2 kleindogters.
Sy het ‘n honneursgraad in Latyn en het vroeër as onderwyseres klas gegee in Latyn, Frans, Afrikaans en Engels. Haar stokperdjies is lees, verf en om te reis.
Behalwe om nog fantasieë te skryf is haar droom om die wêreld te sien. Haar volgende boek is ‘n fantasie romanse wat in Februarie 2022 uitkom.
Magdaleen Walters het op die Vrystaatse vlaktes grootgeword. Maats was daar selde, maar boeke was daar in oorvloed - P.J Schoeman, die Kobie- en Saartjie-reekse, Mills & Boon en die geliefde Ruiter in die Nag. Saans het almal op een bed saamgekoek terwyl haar pa stories lees. Eers was dit plaasskool toe in n perdekar, later koshuis toe in Senekal. Om ná matriek in te skryf vir BA Tale was vir haar n logiese stap.'n Paar jaar later het sy haar HOD deur Unisa gedoen. Na die geboorte van haar derde baba het sy haar eerste liefdesverhaal met die hand geskryf. Meer stories het gevolg, elkeen met n heldin wat n geliefde vriendin word en n held wat haar hart vinniger laat klop.
As standerd twee dogtertjie verloor Mariëtte haar hart op liefdesverhale. Sy was vies toe die tannie van die busbiblioteek vir haar sê sy mag net die kinderboeke, en nie die grootmensboeke uitneem nie. Dit het gemaak dat haar ma gaan boeke uitneem het, wat hulle dan gedeel het. Iets wat hulle vandag steeds doen.
Sy is nou reeds 31 jaar met haar eie storie se held getroud. Hulle woon net buite Swartruggens, in die Noord-Wes provinsie waar hulle met brahmane boer. Hulle het twee volwasse kinders wat ook reeds getroud is - een ‘n Ingenieur en die ander een ‘n Bosbouer, wat tydens die skryf van Bosnimf elke keer wou weet hoe gaan dit met Pippa en Hein.
Op 50 verwerf Mariette haar BA Kreatiewe Skryfkuns graad met lof. Verlede week het sy vir die derde keer ‘afgetree’ as Afrikaanse onderwyseres. Sy neem hierdie jaar aan die Strelitzia kompetisie vir ongepubliseerde skrywers deel en behaal die tweede posisie met haar boek, Bosnimf.
“Ek glo in liefde. Eks ‘n aards romantikus. Die lewe is te kort om te wroeg. Ek is gek daarna om oor-en-oor tussen die blaaie van ‘n boek verlief en verlore te raak.My eerste toonomkrul soen te kry, bietjie te baklei en uiteindelik te trou. Dit is ook presies wat ek my lesers wil gee.’
Behalwe vir skryf is sy lief vir mense, skilder, pottebakkery, kwiltwerk, kosmaak, en enigeen naby haar se ore van sy lyf af te gesels.