Cover reveal time!

How exciting for an otherwise dull Monday. As soon as I saw the email I shouted a little ‘woohoo’ for myself.

This is the cover for my upcoming novel The Girl Who Chased Otters, which is being published by Modjaji and will hopefully hit shelves in September. It was illustrated by artist Carla Kreuser. The cover scene features characters Nathan and Olivia hanging out at Kirstenbosch Gardens – one of my most favourite places on earth. I love how it fits in with the Modjaji style – soulful and dreamlike, and distinctly local in flavour.

Here’s a closer look at the front and back. I adore the flamingoes on the back. Anyone who drives past the Liesbeek River will be familiar with them.

Here’s the rundown on the book itself:

A keen observer of human behaviour, Nathan has never cared about fitting in, but when Olivia asks for his help becoming popular, he can’t refuse. But as she is swept into a world of gossip and bullying, they must both question what they really want. A story about friendship and falling in love.

The Girl Who Chased Otters was previously published in Germany under Zwei Herzen Im Goldfishglas.

Recent and upcoming events

It’s been a wild recent few weeks…. months. I’ve been mad busy with work, upcoming projects, other projects, life… But it hasn’t just been all work, work, work. In between the craziness I’ve attended a few digital events.

Recently, I had the best time discussing my novel Skerwe with the ladies from Boekemakranka and author Zelda Bezuidenhout. It was my first time meeting Zelda, who translated the novel into Afrikaans. We got on so well we might be cooking up something special soon. (Watch this space!)

If you missed the chat, you can catch up by watching the live recording on YouTube. My personal highlight is when Zelda does a short reading from the book.

This weekend I will be taking part in the inaugural SA Festival of Children’s Literature. The whole festival is taking place digitally and is 100% free! Please join me for my 12:30 session on Sunday if you can.

Stay tuned for more news and upcoming events. I promise to blog more often.

Mine: seven months since publication

It’s been seven months since Mine hit the shelves and the promotion trail is slowly coming to an end. Time methinks, to share some recent highlights.
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Mine update: five months since publication

My fifth novel, Mine, has been on the shelves for five months exactly (it was published to coincide with Valentine’s Day.) It’s a love story set in Cape Town, but I was totally unprepared for how much love it has received from readers.

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Road tripping in the Eastern Cape

Spending sixteen hours in a car is a grueling prospect. It’s the equivalent of a long-haul flight, except with icky petrol station bathroom breaks instead of having to clamber over the sleeping passenger in the (way too small) seat next to you.

But with enough scenic stops and an epic destination in mind, a long car journey is just the thing.
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Book your place at an unforgettable evening

I’ve been to my fair share of literary dinners. The recipe is simple: good food, good wine, good company. You can’t go wrong. Plus, guests always have one topic of conversation in mind: books!
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Mine, so what’s it all about then?

In a few weeks’ time (or less, oh my god) my latest novel Mine will hit South African shelves.

So far, I’ve been describing the book as a love story. And it is.

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