I am a South African author-anthropologist currently residing in Gothenburg, Sweden (after having lived in many exciting and interesting places). I live with my husband and our two children.
My South African-German heritage and the experiences of living and integrating in other societies have given me a great deal to think about and process. The training in anthropology has given me the tools to think beyond simple stereotypes and ideological explanations of social interaction.
My parents instilled in me a love for books, and the natural world that we inhabit. This love has led to a deep appreciation of the written word and the desire to contribute as much as I can towards improving the state of the world. I would like to use my expertise and passion for cultures to help us move forward.
I write transformation fiction: incorporating transformation principles in novels, rather than writing another self-help book. I am very much interested in minority group questions, considerations on social standards of beauty and the negative consequences these have, and would like to make the fantasy genre accessible to people of non-white, non-Western backgrounds. I feel the fantasy genre has become too restrictive with limited representations of race, ethnicity and culture, and I seek to explore other paths on this writing journey, incorporating my background in anthropology and psychology to create engaging experiences which also provide food for thought on the diverse topics I finds most important, such as: racism, minority rights, cultural diversity, culture change, intolerance, humanity’s environmental impact and much more.
Elisabeth & Edvard: The Siblings' Tale is my debut duology. I share many of my insights and truly hope it will inspire a generation of indomitable change-makers to work together to correct some of the major social problems this current century brings with it.