About Me

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I talk too much. I get overexcited when something catches my interest. I'm vegetarian because how can I eat animals? I may as well eat my cat! When time allows, I escape to the bush or the mountains to restore a sense of calm and timeless rhythm to my life..
With the beat of Africa in my blood, my poetry and my novels are set in this continent, which has deep passion as its heart. The driving motivation of my characters is the search for love in all its forms.
I write because I believe that words have great power: they can bring comfort, joy and hope. They can reveal secrets and lies. And, while they may not change the world, they can - at their best - change people's lives, even if only for a moment.

Although I now live in Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of Africa, my childhood was played out in the Zimbabwean bush. Born in a little village called Zvishavane, I’ve spent most of my life in South Africa. My diverse career path has had me working as a waitress in a steakhouse; as a bartender in an English pub (to earn money to pay for a hot air balloon ride for my Mom and myself!); and as an accountant, which was my career for many years. 

Fascinated by evolutionary astrology, I resigned as the Financial Officer of an internationally linked accountancy firm when I married one of their partners, and spent the next decade dabbling in writing novels, while studying and practising evolutionary astrology. I loved helping people through crisis times in their lives but, eventually, I was so drained from all the emotional counselling, I decided it was time to follow my own destiny and concentrate on my dream of writing fiction. So…here I am!

"Eish!" says Shadow. "It's hard work being a writer's cat!"

I'm married to Dr Beric Croome and have one furchild, a black cat called Shadow who adopted me in August 2012.
    My qualifications are:
    • Master of Arts (English Studies)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours: English Literature and Language) (cum laude)
    • Bachelor of Arts (cum laude)
    • Diploma in Business Management (cum laude)
    • All About Writing: Creative Writing Course (2011)
    • Basic Copy Editing and Proofreading Course (2010)

    I've attended the following Live Webinars / On-Line Tutorials at Writer's Digest University:

    Authors and poets who have influenced my writing are:Louise Erdrich, Witi Ihimaera, Rose Tremain, Osho,Toni Morrison, sundry poets such as WB Yeats, William Blake, Walt Whitman, Rumi, Kabir, Robert Frost, John Keats, John Milton, William Wordsworth and many others.