Magdel Roets was born in Kroonstad, moved many times, matriculated while living in the Vaal Triangle, university in Johannesburg at the Rand Afrikaans University and then found an office job. In that same year I got married and started a family a year later. All the while I had thoughts of writing a book, well I had so many ideas, it would have to be many books if I got around to any writing.
I did try to write, during those years of raising children, but with a full time job, I put it all to the back of my mind. It was after my last child had left home that I took up writing seriously. Long story shortened, it took many attempts before I finished a book and self-published it on Smashwords. It was more of a struggle to find a publisher, but thanks to social media, I found the best one in the world and three of my books are published with two more in line to go into production.
Currently I am working on a religious mystery.
Mother of four married children, I am also the proud gran of nine grandkids. My oldest grandson is an aspiring writer and he is so talented, I will not be surprised to see his first published book soon.
Find Magdel’s webpage here.
What were you like at school?
Shy, withdrawn, complete introvert.
What was your favourite subject in school?
Languages, especially German.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d like my books to reach as many readers as possible. I write uplifting, encouraging and entertaining fiction. Even if I don’t make a fortune out of my writing, I want as many readers as possible to be blessed by them. Of course it would be nice to make a fortune and live comfortably for the rest of my life.
Which writers inspire you?
John Grisham, Dutch Sheets, D J Opperman, (poet), Jeffrey Archer, Tom Clancy, and my fellow Author Masterminds writers, most of all, of course, the writers of the Bible.
What have you written?
“Die Laaste Areafees”, my only Afrikaans novel.” My Fathers Will”, full length novel, four novellas of which two had been released: “The Bigger Fish” and “Man in a Picture”. I’ve also written a number of short stories for albums published by a friend, and poems, not yet published, but read on a program on Elan Radio.
I also write blogs on WordPress from time to time.
What book/s are you reading at present?
“Die Krag van Intredende Gebed” by Dutch Sheets, “The Murder of Rudolph Hess,” “For the Good of the Cause” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “De Onrustzaaier” and “Die Firma”, the German translation of John Grisham’s “The Firm”.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Good reviews are always welcome. Bad reviews are double cutting edges. They can sink an author’s career, or create curiosity and make more people want to know what the negative fuss is about than any attention a good review can draw.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Since I read my first library book at the age of ten, I was drawn to the written word. I wrote my first story when I was twelve. After my children left the house, I had all the time in the world and no excuses, many ideas and a computer put together from throw-away spare parts, assembled by my son and his university buddies, that begged to be used.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
When I have a few free moments at work, I write with longhand, take it home and type it in on my laptop, which I use whenever possible.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I am not a fan of the word evolve, it has too much to do with evolution, which I don’t believe in. Create, creativity and creation? Yes. Absolutely. I have grown and matured over the years, but am still learning, that’s why I read as much as I can.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I have a full time job and time is limited. I can write a short story in a few hours, a novella would take a few months. Next year, when my contract expires, I might not want to renew it and will be writing full time. I’ll try to finish a full length novel in less than a year. That is about average for me if I work on it full time with no distractions.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
What is your favourite positive saying?
Do the best you can and trust the Lord for results.
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