I hosted a workshop on short story writing at this year’s Open Book Festival. Some of the greatest writers in the world are known for their short stories – Edgar Allen Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, Nadine Gordimer – and South Africa is home to some of the best.
I love short stories, writing and reading them, and wanted to share some tips for aspiring writers.
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The Fifth Mrs Brink is the memoir of writer and academic Karina Szczurek, the fifth wife of author Andre P Brink.
The book describes their romance and happy marriage, but it also offers a portrait of the woman behind the title. Karina writes that to know her, you must visit the places close to her heart, and in this book she shares some of the moments that have defined her.
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It was such an honour to make the shortlist for the Short Sharp Story Award, and even more so to be included in the anthology. I learned a lot from the editor, Joanne, and I can honestly say my future work will benefit richly from the experience.
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I absolutely adore the cover of my new novel out now in Germany, Zwei Herzen im Goldfischglas. (It translates as Two Hearts in a Goldfish Bowl).
It’s about a kid who uses his amazing observational skills and logic to help the girl of his dreams become popular.
It’s a quirky love story that tackles some tough topics, like Autism and rape culture (especially pertinent now with the Stanford rape case dominating the headlines.)
What do you think of the cover?
Sharp Edges comprises six chapters written from six different perspectives. Here are a few quotes that capture the mood of some of these chapters.
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2 December 2011
This week superstar author Sarah Lotz and I visited Springfield Convent School in Wynberg to chat about our books, what it’s like to be a writer in South Africa, and in Sarah’s case, the trouble she gave her parents as a teenager.
We started off by chatting about our books, Deadlands and Dark Poppy’s Demise, and how we came about to write them.
Sarah and I both love Stephen King, and the more we talked, the clearer it became that true horror lies in what human beings are capable of doing to each other, which is the reason why my novels are set firmly in the here and now and why Sarah’s horror novel The Mall works on both commercial and literary levels.
The grade ten and eleven girls were abuzz with questions; asking us everything from how to get published; where we get our inspiration from; and how long it takes to write a novel; to what time we wake up in the morning and how old we are.
We ended off our visit with a quick reading from both our books.