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I live in South Africa, my country of birth, but I spent the first 14 years growing up in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia at the time). Those experiences formed the foundation of who I am today. At age ten, I decided to become a teacher, and, after leaving my beloved country, I began to write.
My teaching career began in 1988 and spanned 12 years with children ages 5 to 12. Since 2003, I have taught English (Home and First Additional Languages) to teens ages 13-19. When I was 48, I decided to study for a Bachelor of Education Honours in Teaching and Learning. I graduated in April 2016 (aged 50). I am proud of what I accomplished since this was probably the most challenging thing I have ever done.
In 2003, I wrote my first children’s novel, Pop-In Jay Pomp, with supporting educational materials for the classroom. Schiel & Denver published the book in 2006. Additionally, I have written a romance adventure called Mareijke’s Courage and a crime romance called The 6th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Kill. The Power is Yours, my fourth book, is a motivational book for teenagers. My last books are Through the Bark, a YA fantasy novel, and Implicitly, a romance novel about trust. My books are available through Groep7 Book Shop and Amazon.
I love poetry, which means I tend to enjoy writing poems. 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. My poems are available to read on my website. My poetry book is named Breathing African Air and is still to be completed. My first short story, Makeshift Moments, was published in the 2014 edition of Fingerprints.
In 2019, I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and retired from teaching in 2020. This steered me in a new direction. Part of the change saw my family move from the bushveld of the northern province of South Africa (Limpopo) to the coast (Western Cape). I’ve been married to Nick Steyn since 9 January 1988, and we have two beautiful children: Jana (1992) and Colin (1997).