Books and words have always been a refuge for me. I have always sought the other worlds in books far more than the real world.
As a child in South Africa, my family moved a lot and I was always the quintessentially ‘weird’ child. The odd one that never fit in, no matter how hard I tried. Books? Well they were my sanctuary. Libraries were, and still are, places where I breathe a sigh of relief when I cross the threshold and try as I might, I am unable to walk past a second-hand bookshop without popping in for a rummage.
As an adult, I have lived in three different countries and have now settled in Scotland — a beautiful country with the most big-hearted people. All of this has provided a wealth of writing material for an introvert who doesn’t really like to have her roots disturbed!
I identify strongly as an immigrant and migrant, with my heart and my roots in different places and this has left me with much to write about.
Life has left its mark on my heart in a hundred different ways over the years and I have fought hard for healing, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Allowing myself the freedom to be transparent was always a terrifying thing for me and so for years I only wrote in private, scrawling snatches of the innermost parts of my heart onto scraps of paper. Until I decided to submit a story to a US publication, Chicken Soup for the Soul, a couple of years ago. When my story was accepted for print, it gave me the courage I needed to start sharing some of my writing and poetry with others.
What do I write about?
I have a deep love of all things green — nature, trees and seeing the seasons change — autism, healing (I had a long battle with Bone Marrow Failure/Severe Aplastic Anaemia), post-natal depression, grief (I lost my beautiful Ouma and also my younger brother to cancer within a short space in time) love, domestic abuse, addiction, bulimia, anxiety, body positivity, self-love, spirituality, faith and the chaotic childhood that results from growing up in a home affected by alcoholism and domestic violence.
To me, writing is healing.
In a nutshell — I celebrate the ‘beauty in the struggle’.
I write about motherhood and homeschooling often. My son son has special needs and T1 diabetes, and much of my writing features aspects of our daily life.
I write to encourage others who walk in the shadows of daily life — those of us who sometimes feel unseen — the ones on the fringe of society.
You can find some of my poetry at the online journals, Dime Show Review and Anti-Heroin Chic. Some of my writing on domestic abuse has been featured in BRENDA Magazine’s RED issue. And I have published in Chicken Soup for the Soul — The Miracle of Love.
I am currently working on my first poetry collection ‘Stripped’ which will be due out mid-December 2019.
I hope that you will enjoy my writing and that it will become a healing space for you.
Thank you very much for following along,