May I introduce you to Pretoria

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

I was recently informed that using Pretoria in the blurb for Fury was a mistake since most of my American readers have no idea where or what Pretoria is. Is it something they can eat?

Since most of my stories and books are set here, in Pretoria, I think it’s time I introduce you to my city.

Pretoria 2

View of Pretoria from the Voortrekker Monument

Pretoria was founded in 1855 and named after Andries Pretorius, who was some or other hero from the Great Trek and famous for killing a whole bunch of other people. Pretoria has a bit of bloody past. If you’re interested in reading up on it, you can always have a look here. I’m not going to give you a history lesson right now.

Pretoria is now a grand old lady, rather sedate, unlike her big, bad sister, Johannesburg. Pretoria moves at a slow sedate pace. It’s where the diplomats drink their wine or beer while they watch thunderstorms from their patios and they learn how to braai (BBQ) boerewors (sausage).

Pretoria is also a University city, so it has a pretty decent night life. I should know. I partied myself stupid on way too many occasions while I was young and dumb. Hatfield used to be the place where I did most of my drinking and dancing, but the main area where the clubs were, was recently pulled down. I have no idea what they’re busy building in their place now. So the clubs seem to have moved to the East of the city.

The Union Buildings

The Union Buildings

Don’t let the façade of this capital city fool you. Like it’s counter parts, Washington, London, Paris, and Berlin, Pretoria is full of intrigue and murder. Spy’s lurk in the shadows. Crime bosses fight for turf, money, and power. This city has a dark underbelly. Corrupt officials fight for dominance in the halls of power, while people starve.

Pretoria is full of contradictions. On one side of the street you’ll have the entrance to a township, like Mamelodi, which in itself is full of contradictions. But on the other side of the street is the entrance to an affluent security estate where the wealthy hide behind their high walls and electric fences. In Mamelodi, on the other hand, you’ll find a shack made out of bits and pieces of mettle sheeting and bricks that were stolen from someone else’s house next door to a double story mansion. And parked in front of the shack will be a sports car, because a man’s car is more important than where he lives. The sports car could also be stolen or not. One never really knows in Mamelodi.

All in all Pretoria is much like any other modern capital city around the world. You can sit in a coffee shop and over hear someone talking German or French or Japanese. We have tall buildings and free wifi in certain spots. We have criminals running the streets. What we don’t have is lions and elephants roaming our streets or in our gardens. We don’t live in grass huts or in trees. And we have many different religions cohabiting in peace. Freedom of religion is guaranteed in our constitution, which is haled as being one of the most advanced and liberal in the world. Too bad our politicians tend to piss on it every day.

City Hall

City Hall

Oh! Same sex marriage has been legal here for YEARS! In many ways we are far ahead of the so-called first world. The dollar and the pound may be stronger than the Rand, but at least here you won’t have some religious nut refuse to give you a marriage licence because you want to marry the person you love and who just happens to have the same plumbing as you do. We also don’t have kids walking into our schools with machine guns and killing other students and teachers. Here you actually have to prove that you’re competent before you’re given a firearm licence and you can’t walk into any shop and buy a rifle or a shotgun over the counter. Which really cuts down on those mass shootings.

We do however have a President who’s the butt of most jokes and whose education is that of a middle-schooler. That’s right, our president didn’t even get to highschool. Sad but true. Be grateful that your President isn’t an accused rapist who thought having a shower after having allegedly raped someone with HIV would prevent him from getting the disease. It’s one of those face-palm moments. And that happened before he was President. So yeah …

I think that’s enough about Pretoria for now. I may do some follow up posts. We shall see.

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my city. If you have any questions about it, let me know.

To series or not to series

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

Up until now all my books have been stand-alone; something which some authors have felt was a mistake. Apparently these days it’s widely believed that you’ll only make it as an author if you write a series. I, on the other hand, have always bulked at the idea, because I tend to get bored and I have way too many story ideas running around this crazy brain of mine.

Strangely enough many of my readers have asked me to revisit certain characters and some of the world’s I’ve created. Shadows has been a particular favourite for some of you, but to be honest, the thought of having Jack in my head for an extended period of time is not something I relish. I still get nightmares thanks to him.

All that being said, once Fury is finished (it’s close to being done – promise) I’m going to get to work on The Iron Witch. When I first came up with the idea for the story I thought it would be just another stand-alone book, but the character and the story line seem to be begging to be a series of books about a very bad witch looking for sex and trouble in all the wrong places. So I’m going to do what I never thought I would. I’m going to write a series!

I think it’s going to be quite a lot of fun to write her and having her sarcastic voice running around my head, while disturbing, won’t be quite as bad as Jack. I’m really looking forward to her misadventures. I hope you’ll enjoy them with me. But first I need to get back to finishing Fury.

Speaking of which, I tweaked the cover blurb a bit. What do you think?

A young girl is brutally murdered.

Two rival crime bosses fight for dominance on the streets of South Africa’s capital city.

The city’s underground film industry is set ablaze.

An angry spirit bent on revenge is on a murder spree.

And Alice, a university student, is caught in the middle of a bloody battle for survival.

Their fates all intertwine in this tale of vengeance and fury.

And don’t worry, just because I’m writing a series, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing my stand-alone books. I still have too many other book ideas screaming at me.


Fury: The blurb

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

As some of you know I’ve been hard at work on the new novel which is due out early next year. I’ve been pretty quiet about what it’s about. Well … I’m breaking the silence today by letting you read the blurb for the back cover. I hope it piques your interest.

Two rival crime bosses fight for dominance on the streets of Pretoria.
A young girl is brutally murdered.
The Pretoria underground film industry is set ablaze.
An angry spirit bent on revenge is on a murder spree.
And Alice, a university student, is caught in the middle of a bloody battle for survival.
Their fates all intertwine in this tale of vengeance and fury.

So … what do you think? Does it sound good or like complete and utter crap?


Guest Post: Authors Magazine

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

Today I have a little information for you all about Authors Magazine, thanks to Melissa Delport.


Authors Magazine is a premier online magazine for both readers and writers. Our aim is to bring these two groups together, to encourage reading and to provide a platform where readers and writers can “hang out”.

 We’re about interesting conversations with authors from all over the world, including those in our own backyard. We’re after the story behind the story, the power and joy of books, the creative people who write them, and the millions who enjoy them. At Authors Magazine we believe that authors should be celebrated, and readers applauded.

 The magazine has just celebrated its first anniversary. Our first year focused on quality – producing a magazine with valuable content that would appeal to our target market. Now, moving into the second year of operation, the focus has shifted to growth. We want to bring Authors Magazine to the world. Digital content is readily available globally, which is why we have opted for a online platform.

 The key to our success lies in the people behind the magazine. Founded by entrepreneurial power-couple, Lesiba and Hajo Morallane, who are the “brains” behind this initiative, the Authors Magazine team consists of contributors who are successful authors in their own right, and avid readers to boot! We understand our audience, because we fall into this demographic. The magazine is content-based, and provides valuable resources for authors, both established and aspiring. We spotlight authors of all genres, catering to a wide-range of readers, and we recommend good books to great people.


You can check out my profile in the October issue of Authors Magazine.

Profiled in Authors Magazine

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

The October issue of Authors Magazine is out and I’m in it!

AM profile

I am incredibly chuffed to be able to say that I share this issue with the likes of Stephen King (Holy Fuck!) and local superstar Gareth Crocker. Along with the profile on me there’s also an excerpt from Burning and several incredible articles on the writing and publishing industry. Do yourself a favour and check out Authors Magazine especially if you’re in the publishing industry or a writer.

To read the profile on me and the excerpt from Burning have a look here.

Let me know what you think.