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International Book Deal

A few months ago US publisher Catalyst Press bought the international rights to all three books in my Elevation trilogy. It's now renamed the Fiery Spiral trilogy, and we've just finished editing and extending book one, The Thousand Steps. The Fiery Spiral Book 1 ...

Franschhoek Book Fair

I'll be at the Franschhoek Book Festival this weekend talking about Elevation, so please come and say hi if you're around. Thursday I'll be visiting local schools, and Friday and Saturday I'll be taking part in three panel discussions: FRI 19 May, 10h00 – 11h00 Worlds...

Serendipity

I found this photo in a charity shop. It's by Cape Town photographer Athol Moult, and it perfectly captures my mental image and mood of the opening of the final book in the Elevation Trilogy. At the end of Book 2 Ebba combines the four amulets. She's immediately...

Creating Gods

I'm focusing on creating a mythology for Celestia this month. It's complicated and right now it feels impossible to conjure this whole world out of nothing. Then I have to make sure the story hangs together and the world is consistent. I have to think through every...

Why Elevation?

When I first came up with the idea of Elevation, I struggled to imagine what Cape Town would be like if the sea rose 83 meters.  I'm not very good with spacial stuff, and my sense of Geography is rubbish too, so I needed help. First I did some research and came up...

Isidingo

This is my dog Isidingo. I love her more than any dog I've ever owned. We adopted her at the saddest point of my life, when my husband Luke was dying, and she has been at my heels ever since, following me from room to room, and sleeping next to my bed at night. She's...

The year of Harry

This year my creativity has been attacked from an unexpected quarter. In February we adopted a puppy from a shelter. Harry was a happy, sweet, golden mishmash of Africanis, Labrador and Great Dane staring up at us from the puppy pen and whining that he’d  chosen us....

Dutch Children

I found these in a charity shop. I was amused by the way I could create a narrative by putting the scary revolving head dolly in front of the framed postcards of the Dutch children. I ended up buying them of course, to add to the piles of junk -with - potential in my...

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