Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a television producer who 10 years ago wrote a screen play for an animated movie. It has been in the cupboard ever since. This year I decided to see if it had legs and turned it into a children's book. There is the text version, an illustrated version and a colouring book of the illustrations. This is the first book I have ever published and it has been an awesome and huge learning experience.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Lonely Little Pier. It was inspired by a trip to Cape Town's V&A Waterfront. Over lunch the fluttering seagulls gave me an idea to tell the story that inspires children (and adults) to overcome fear, rejection, sadness and frustration. It talks of friendship. inspiration, love, emotion, perseverance, determination. It filled with humour and fun.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not that I know of. I wrote this book over a week long holiday in Fish Hoek in an apartment on a cliff overlooking the beautiful village below. I would write whenever the mood would take me, whether at 3 am or 4pm.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The script writers of 3D animation movies in the early 2000's
What are you working on now?
Promoting the book and getting it out there.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am just starting and will have to answer this when I launch the next one.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up. It took 10 years for this to become a book. Patience and now try everything I can to get people to read the book.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don't lie to yourself, you can handle the truth. If it is broken there is a way to fix it, and you are where you are in life because you want to be there. If not, move on.
What are you reading now?
Kalgoorlie by d.s.Eliot
What’s next for you as a writer?
Getting this book marketed, and start thinking of another idea for a next book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte.
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