A. A chaotic juggling act. Writing, children, dreaming, cooking.
A. Ubuntu: We are people through other people.
A. Being happy with what I have; right here, right now.
A. Loss of a loved one, closely followed by bad reviews!
A. Walking through the African bush, the smell of fresh rain in the air.
A. The women who wash the laundry and heat the baby bottles while the bombs drop. They are the life force.
A. My parents. They have survived hard lives with their humanity intact.
A. Honestly, really, the thing is...
A. Letting fear of failure hold me back.
A. The ability to play a musical instrument and speak multiple languages.
A. My family. Being a writer.
A. My third world appreciation for every great thing in my life.
A. A shape shifter/ time traveller.
A. My very curly hair.
A. One! Impossible. Georgina "call me George" from Enid Blyton's Famous Five, Mosley's Easy Rawlins, the father in McCarthy's "The Road." The list goes on!
A. Every one of Charles Dickens villains are gems. Agatha Trunchbull in Dahl's "Matilda." Lucifer in the Good Book. Too many to list.
A. I'd like to meet Shaka Zulu, founder of the Zulu nation. I'd ask him "Why don't you name an heir for the good of your Kingdom? It will save a lot of bloodshed later on."
A. Lack of manners. General rudeness.
A. Planning travel adventures.
A. Wildlife photographer
A. Kindness, humor and a desire to learn
A. Whoza Mtwana by Abdullah Ibrahim, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, Plain Gold Ring by Nina Simone, Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi, Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba and the other 200 songs on my ipod!
A. I wanted to explore, through crime fiction, the crippling racial segregation laws that forced my parents out of Southern Africa. Any society that elevates a "pure" minority to the pinnacle has a dark underbelly. My book explores the unlit spaces in 1950's South African society.