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Random facts about me:
I'm a cat-person
I'm proudly South African
I touched The Script's frontman's hand (Squee!)
I'm a book junkie

I mainly enjoy writing YA and/or fantasy and also love reading it. "The Gypsy's Daughter" is my first attempt and I've been chipping away at it for, oh, probably 5 years on and off. It won the Education Faculty (yes, I'm a teacher) Creative writing Competition in 2009.

My fairytale "Evelyn and the Painted Cave" got taken up into Tenebris Books' inaugural anthology, "Willow, Weep No More" in December 2013.

Interested parties may contact me at: shellybasson(at)gmail(dot)com

Backing and reading policy:
I'd love to read your book! (If it tickles my fancy ;) I usually read the opening, unless you ask otherwise and leave a comment and star. I only back what I really like and usually keep them up for quite some time.

As this is a writing community, I would love input from you as well. Have a look, comment, star, and back if you loved it . I take nothing about my writing personally as I am not a fundi.

Greetings from South Africa

*The Gypsy's Daughter cover art by ME.*

favourite books

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Inheritance Cycle - Christopher Paolini
Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins
The Inkheart Trilogy - Cornelia Funke
The Witch's Boy - Michael Gruber

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The Gypsy's Daughter

Michelle Basson

Gypsies, romance, magic and murder.

The Gypsy community of Myrrh is stalked by terror; a murderer is on the loose. Full moon brings with it grisly murders. The Market is the scene of the brutal slayings. Gypsy women are targeted, their throats slit left dying with two silver coins in their palms.

Lila le Fay, a sixteen-year-old herbalist and orphan, is thrust into danger with Willow, an old storyteller, as her sole protector. But what secrets are Willow hiding? Does she know who Lila’s birth mother was and what is the mysterious black mark on her neck?

When the murders become more frequent and even closer to Lila’s own life, she has to decide whether or not she’s ready to take action and confront the man believed to be the killer.

Will Willow be able to protect her from harm
or could Lila be next?

*The Gypsy's Daughter is complete at 53 000 words*


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RJBrown wrote 41 days ago

Hi Michelle, thank you so much for backing Helianthus! Really appreci....

KirkH wrote 109 days ago

Thanks Michelle, Happy New Year to you too. Kirk PS: Congrats on "....

KirkH wrote 116 days ago

Thanks Michelle for backing "Expat Wives". Merry Christmas Kirk :-....

nenno wrote 143 days ago

So fellow Sa person, how far you getting with Authonomy

RJBrown wrote 176 days ago

Thats the only issue isn't it, I already find my first chapter much b....

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I wrote 693 days ago

I saw Mr Unusually's name on many a shelf, and wondered how a book could rise up the ranks so quickly. Today, I read up to chapter 5 and I've been trapped, hooked, mesmerised. I tried to think of things to say. Clever things. Things that would make other people WANT to read this, but have come up... view book

I wrote 706 days ago

Hi Kate. My part of our read-swap. I jotted (well, typed) down a few notes as I read. Mostly questions that I had and one or two suggestions: I loved the way Micah and Marielle (great names, btw!!) slept in a tent in their own house – reminded me of the scene in A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... view book

I wrote 796 days ago

Joe, Read the first chapter and really liked what I saw. The story can be amazing. Somehow I feel that it'll feel more urgent and dangerous if told in present tense, but don't know if that'll work in terms of your story line. One real problem is the lack of characterisation: you only give us the... view book

I wrote 814 days ago

Hi Gail, LONG wait, but here's what I thought: Your pitch sounds mysterious: What was Nell's mother keeping from her. Your writing flows easily and without undue frills and fluff. I especially loved the end of chapter 1 where Nell visits her mom's lake cottage: "Napping in the long summer afternoon... view book

I wrote 839 days ago

A YARG review: WOW! This is great. You're instantly drawn into Jessup's world and I simply loved the opening paragraph - Buzz-ut-huh!!!! Your descriptions is flawless and your transitions form video game to the new girlfriend to the judge's decision to the introduction of the 'mad professor' i... view book

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