I was privileged enough to have been born and
raised in Rhodesia, Africa (now Zimbabwe). It's difficult to describe the lifestyle to the uninitiated, but I can only say
it was very simple and uncomplicated, and to people who boast about freedom, I challenge anyone from anywhere to have had
more of it.
The education system was exemplary, although it was not considered important
to attend university. Having been in boarding school for all of my high school years, I was anxious to get out into the world
when I graduated.
I come from a family of writers and artists. My paternal Grandfather kept extremely
detailed journals of his experiences as a pioneer, and as a police officer in darkest Africa, and I am happy to offer
a compilation of his memoirs.
My mother has had multiple manuscripts published, including short stories and
a "how to" book entitled "Growing Fucschias in Southern Africa" which was reprinted several times and was considered the primary
reference book for fucschia growers during its time in print. She is also an extemely talented watercolor artist and still
receivedcommissions at the age of 92.
My sister had had several articles published and is currently writing a screenplay.
She paints in pastels.
Her daughter is a ceramic sculpturist of note, and her pieces are sold all over
the world. (see www.taniababb.co.za).
My late brother, a game ranger and ecologist, was widely published in ornithological
and wild life journals in Southern Africa, and was the worldwide expert on the purple heron.
As a school child I won several writing competitions and awards. I dabbled
in writing for many years while raising my family of three and holding down a full time office job. Once they had grown
and left home I once again found myself yearning to create, and started writing novels, the first of which was published
by Publish America in 2004. It is now out of print, but Vol 2, the re-worked version is now available. I have several
other novels in the pipeline...
I keep a part time blog about life in the country and a full time blog about
Romance writing. Links are on my home page.