About me
About me

Hello! My name is Karin Steyn. Thanks for stopping here to learn a little more about me. I'm a high school teacher and I teach English. I live in South Africa, my country of birth. I was raised in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and I've spent many years writing poems and memoirs of my life in Southern Africa.

My first love is teaching, but I have also written four books and many online articles. I wrote my first children's novel, 'Pop-In Jay Pomp', in 2003, with supporting educational material for the classroom. The book was first published by Schiel & Denver in 2006. I have also written a romance adventure called 'Mareijke's Courage' and a crime romance called 'The 6th Commandment: Thou Shalt not Kill'. My fourth book, The Power is Yours, is a motivational book for teenagers. My books are available through Groep7 Book Shop. I am currently writing Through the Bark, a fantasy genre for teens.

In 2011, I entered a Quickfox Publishing poetry competition. My poem 'Crossing the Border' was selected and published in the 2011 anthology, The Ground's Ear. Some of my poems are available on my website. My poetry book is named Breathing African Air and is still to be completed.My first short story, Makeshift Moments, has been published in the 2014 edition of Fingerprints.

My online articles can be found at Ezine Articles and HubPages. I have my own blog: Simply, because I can.

Even though teaching is my passion and absorbs most of my time, my love for writing will always find me writing another article, poem or novel. Time is never on my side and when I do find time to write, I enjoy every minute of it. 

At the age of 48, I decided to study my Honours Bachelor of Education degree in Teaching and Learning. I graduated in April, 2016 (aged 50). This was probably one of the most challenging things I have done to date, but I'm proud of my achievement.

I have been married to Nick Steyn since 1988 and have two beautiful children, Jana and Colin.