I married my college boyfriend and soul mate and after 40 years, 3 interesting and wonderful children and 3 beautiful grandsons, he still makes me weak in the knees. We are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty's Bay, South Africa with the ocean a block away and a beautiful mountain right behind us. And although life so far has not always been an easy ride, it has always been an exiting and interesting one!
I like the heroines in my stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong. And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous! My stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.
I was born in a small town called Upington – on the one side is the Orange River and on the other side, the Kalahari Desert. I went away to go to college, met and married my college boyfriend and we now live in Betty’s Bay – a small sea-side village.
If you had a choice where would you choose to live, and why?
Provence or Tuscany! And I know it’s probably much more romantic in my head than it actually is, but there is just something magical even in the names J
Have any places you’ve visited been the inspiration for a book?
We’ve just visited Paris and the small town of Epernay in France with our daughter and her husband. Epernay is well-known for making champagne. The voices in my head are already having endless conversations …
How important do you think the setting is when you write a story?
Setting is part of the story. Most of my stories are set in South Africa and mostly in and around Cape Town, the part of the country where I live. I’ve found that readers love to read small details of the places the characters visited.
What made you choose Clifton as the setting for your book/story?
Real magic, my story in the Magical Weddings box-set is set in Clifton, a well-known coastal residential suburb of Cape Town.The wedding in the story had to be on a beach and Clifton’s setting is perfect for this.
Can you tell us anything about your next book?
My next book tells the story of another Cavallo bother, Dale. It’s called Touched to the soul and will be published by Etopia Press.
If you weren’t a writer, what would be your next choice of career?
I’d love to cook!
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Having all our kids around the table, laughing and telling stories – nothing on earth beats that.
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And then on her way to her cousin’s wedding an angry, gorgeous man with one blue and one brown eye nearly runs her over in the street. And she remembers a previous wedding twenty-two years ago when the family psychic predicted that she would one day marry a man with one eye the colour of the sky and one the colour of chocolate.
When the man who almost ran her over turns out to be the best man the evening becomes surreal. Carley knows, though, that whatever she is feeling isn’t real. She has already lost her one shoe, by tomorrow her Prince Charming will be gone, she’ll be back in her kitchen and the magic will have disappeared.
Stunned, he grabbed her hand. He didn’t think about what he was doing or why he was doing it, he just reacted on instinct. And once her hand was in his, he couldn’t let go. So he pulled her closer, his eyes on her long, slender fingers. Her nails were painted in a soft pink colour. Fascinated with this discovery and with the texture of her skin, he lifted her hand.
And that’s when he smelled it. Chocolate. Chocolate cake. That was what she’d been taking across the street just now. And there was some chocolate left on her middle finger. Well, that clinched it — he loved women and he loved chocolate. What was a mere man to do but have a taste of both?
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