I'm a bit of a ... writer, tutor, traveller, researcher, San supporter and tango dancer.
I always hoped that when I finally grew up I’d know what I wanted to be. I hoped that long before checking my chin for whiskers became more than an idle past time, I’d have given myself over, body and soul, to a single burning passion, something so all-consuming I wouldn’t notice if my jawline bristled like warthog’s.
I’ve now accepted that I’m always going to be a Liquorice Allsorts sort of candy. My interests and endeavours have many colours, shapes and flavours and I’m a sucker for them all.
Dilettantism, one might sniff, and with good reason. My own Dashboard dictionary says a dilettante is ‘a person who cultivates an area of interest without real commitment or knowledge’. Well, despite my addiction to too many Things-to-do-before-I-die, I seem to have acquired knowledge and developed commitment. And, dammit, that hair on my chinny chin chin.
I reckon I’ve earned it along with my laugh lines. I’ve lived through epoch-making times, had thrilling adventures on epic trips, had two novelspublished featuring a feisty hunter-gatherer girl called Koba, as well as several short stories. I’ve raised children, kept a husband and earned a living writing articles and advertising campaigns during the course of an interestingly interrupted professional writing life in various parts of the world.
Currently, I work part-time at a university in the UK teaching Creative and Professional writing. It’s fun, except for the admin. The remainder of my time is spent dreaming about books I have yet to write, places I have yet to visit, people I have yet to dance with.
I like talking to readers and wannabe writers so I do readings and/or author talks at libraries or literary events and occasionally run writing workshops for arts organisations. You’ll find a list of my engagements on the events page and reviews of my novels here.
I Tweet and blog when I feel I have something worth banging on about. My blogs are arranged by topic: Research, Teaching, Writing, Travel. Feel free to post comments on anything.
Right now, the project I’m working on combines several of my passions: story-telling, the San (a collective name for groups of aboriginal people who are click-language speakers in southern Africa,) literacy and orality. Read all about it here.
Now, if I could just work out how to tango in desert sand wearing 8cm stilettos, my life would be Allsorted.
Buy my novels Salt and Honey and Kalahari Passageonline here