As I’m sure most authors do, I love anything to do with books, especially reading them. One of my favorite quotes is by George R.R. Martin from A Dance with Dragons:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
Since you are here checking out my website, I’m sure you concur!
I was fortunate to grow up in the beautiful country of South Africa. My childhood was spent in Johannesburg, a city made famous by gold. What I love most about Johannesburg are the thunder storms. Almost every summer afternoon, storm clouds gather, black and heavy. You can smell the ozone in the air, running for shelter before the rain comes pelting down. At first there are just a few drops, big and fat, splatting one by one on the ground, before they began to fall faster and faster. Lightening zigzags through the sky, and as children, we would count the seconds until we heard the thunder. The rain gathers in pools and runs in rivers down the road, sweeping along anything in it’s path, and then it … stops. Just like that, it is done. The clouds part, the sun comes out, and within minutes the water is steaming off the ground, and you heading back outside as though nothing even happened!
As a young adult, I moved to Cape Town, a city of incredible beauty nestled between Table Mountain and the ocean. It was there in a small stone church that I was married, but after a few years my husband and I were on the move again – this time to England – yearning for travel and adventure. That adventure turned into a life-changing experience, as we never returned to live in South Africa again. Three years passed, and once more we were moving, this time to Calgary, Canada, at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. It was in Canada that our two lovely daughters were born.
As a child I was a bit of a loner, with my nose always buried in a book. I was the youngest in the family by seven years, which meant I spent hours alone, and it was at these times that my imagination spun out the most fantastic tales – fairies, princes, and castles in the sky. I wrote down many of my imaginings, but somehow, it never occurred to me that I could ever write stories other people would want to read. That was for “authors” – an elite group of people to which only a few, very privileged people, belonged. Instead I turned to other kinds of writing – newsletters, articles and business communications. All very worthwhile pieces of writing, but not very fun! So when I set Bound by a Dragon down on paper, and tentatively offered it to the world, I was amazed to find that people not only enjoyed what they read, but actually wanted more. What a privilege! I am so honored that you have read my book, and hope to bring you many, many more stories that help excite your imagination.