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Pierre Van Rooyen

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My wife and I threw up our jobs, sold our house and car, and cancelled the insurance. We bought a thirty year old yacht and spent two thousand hours making it seaworthy.

We have now sailed across the Indian Ocean from Africa to the Far East and are exploring Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo and Philippines.

Currently anchored at Langkawi Island, Malaysia, we write, sail, fish, row, bicycle, watch sunsets and sunrises and face thunderstorms at two a,m,

We see no television and listen to no news. We do all our own work, like overhauling the diesel engine, building our own rowing dinghy, anti-fouling and canvas work.

With the writing, we are kept busy and we work seven days a week. Our living costs are about seven hundred pounds a month. The yacht is small and although there is a head (toilet), there is no bath. Cold buckets of water in the cockpit are the in thing. We are not going back to the city.

favourite books

Winnie the Pooh A A Milne
Peter Pan J M Barrie
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
The Snow Goose Paul Gallico
Addie Pray Joe David Brown
Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
East of Eden John Steinbeck
The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean Auel
Ragtime E L Doctorow
The Shell Seekers Rosamunde Pilcher
The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield
The Fires of Spring James Michener
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

my websites

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saturdays-Are-Gold/1     http://www.endaxipress.com/?page_id=107

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my books

The Little Girl in the Fig Tre....

Pierre Van Rooyen

Two children in 1940s South Africa are told, "Stay away from lonely places, there is a child abductor at large."

What could possibly go wrong?

Young Maudie doesn’t realise she has a ‘gift’. It seems more like a curse to her brother Tadpole who is the only person aware of it.

If Roald Dahl, Gerald Durrell and Stephen King had teamed up to write a South African version of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ they might have produced something like this.

A moving, exciting, sometimes scary, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny adventure set against a South African backdrop so well described it is almost a character in its own right.

When you finish this book, the first thing you will want to do – is read it again.

Published as Saturdays Are Gold: Hardback available now for pre-order from Endaxi Press.


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mikegilli wrote 748 days ago

Hi there.. hope you're good I'm sending you on a note I put on the f....

Eponymous Rox wrote 945 days ago

Hullo there, Pierre. With my book on the Ed's Desk this month and ....

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I wrote 1056 days ago

Saturdays Are Gold will be released on Saturday (of course) 25th June 2011. Goodreads are running a giveaway promotion between now and 25th July. They have three signed book plated hard cover copies to give out. You can find the link to the giveaway and other information on the Saturdays Are Gold... view book

I wrote 1524 days ago

Dear Dolores, OK, got you on my shelf. What on earth is an illiterate farm boy like me going to say to a graduate with two degrees? Tee-hee. Having spent a thousand hours critiquing eight hundred manuscripts on this site (lots of moans and groans) I am a bit weary, so no detailed crit f... view book

I wrote 1525 days ago

Dear Bora, Got your message and edited your first paragraph. I do not mean that you should tighten the writing immediately, but at some stage a literary agent or publisher might ask you to edit your work. The following is an example of how the original draft might be edited. I cut it back... view book

I wrote 1527 days ago

Dear Bora, You might want to thin your writing out quite a bit. Consider it polishing. Publishers call it 'tightening' the writing. With my own stuff, I believe in paring the words, pruning superfluous words, adjectives, adjectives, leaving only key words as the reader quickly gets the poi... view book

I wrote 1530 days ago

Dear John, I was shocked when I was first told to rewrite my stuff. But now I realize that rewriting is the secret to writing. I believe too, that tightening the writing (taking superfluous words out) is the secret to editing. Got you on my shelf. Thanks for your interest. See what you t... view book

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