During my early twenties my brother and I hitch-hiked to Lebanon where we lived and worked for some time. I fell in love with the country and was devastated by the civil war which broke out shortly after I returned to South Africa. I had traveled home from England overland, during which I had ample time to write, mostly poetry at that time, and think about my future direction. But it was not until I was in my thirties that I began writing seriously.
My early influences came from such novelists as John Steinbeck, Doris Lessing, and Lawrence Durrell but as my own books developed I began to read more non-fiction and biographies than novels.
I married, and between raising a family began work on Opus Dei, a novel set in Lebanon. Opus Dei had its inception during the 1970's in the civil war. It was to have been a simple story of a family trapped in a conflict from which there was no escape, but it grew in layers and developed into the multi-faceted novel it is today. I have a fascination with prophecy and Opus Dei culminates in the final events as demonstrated by the myths, legends and Biblical prophecy.
Nimrod Twice Born is an historical novel of conspiracy from the cross to the present day. It came a little further down the line and was written alongside Opus Dei.
- JoinedFebruary 12, 2013