I grew up on a dairy farm in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa among cows with eyes as brown as the muddy pools in which I learned to swim. With two older brothers, I discovered early how to stand my ground, fight my own battles and laugh as often as possible.
For much of my youth, I considered my maternal grandmother my soul mate. She was a fiercely independent and private woman who taught me to love words, books and stories. We also shared a love for animals. (My first book, Nicko – The Tale of a Vervet Monkey on an African Farm is based on part of her life with a menagerie of animals. There’s a photograph of her and her original Nicko notes in the header above.)
With my childhood behind me, I gave up walking barefoot and my horse for words and work that involves stringing them together to tell a story or two.
I moved to Cape Town to work as a journalist and eventually, an editor. I founded a business and, for almost a decade, published a magazine before selling it to work as a freelance writer and editor. My clients include leading South African newspapers and magazines. Among them, Business Day, Financial Mail, Sunday Times and The Sunday Independent.
In 2017, Penguin Random House South Africa published Nicko, which heralded a shift in my career. These days, while I continue to freelance as a journalist and feature writer, I dedicate as much time as possible to creating fiction.
In October 2019, I signed with literary agent Jessica Faust of BookEnds Literary Agency in New Jersey, USA and am currently writing fiction, which is largely centred on the lives of strong, interesting women – most of whom love animals.
When I’m not writing, I’m probably walking in the mountains with live-wire Scottish terrier, Sophie, gorgeously great boerbul, Lily, and her smart-sometimes-silly Labrador X Allsorts friend, Molly – and my husband.