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Meet Hartbeespoort’s talented authors

Hartbeespoort is known for its talented artists. Meet four successful female authors who have the literary world buzzing.

The last thing she wanted to do was bring out another recipe book just to make some money.

 

Annelien Pienaar

Food and nutritionist, Annelien Pienaar, is genuinely concerned about the cooking success of every aspiring chef who tries out her recipes.  She recently released her cook book “Boerekos met ‘n twist.” Every recipe is worked out to the last detail with a small “lesson” to accompany it. “Because I want each baker to experience the sweet taste of success, I have recorded possible problems they could face with every tried out recipe and a solution to each one.” Every single recipe is written, tried and tested by Annelien .
Annelien’s success started where so many success stories start these days – on social media.  Initially, she made use of social media as an easier way to relay information to students by sharing her “recipe with a lesson” concept.  Little did she know that her number of “students” would increase from 350 to a whopping 2.3 million visits to her food blog, also called “Boerekos met ‘’n Twist.”
She established a news Boerekos met ‘n Twist website where her recipes are easily accessible and released her book in July, Human en Rosseau being her publisher and distributer.  She also works in very close affiliation with Afrikaans.com.  Did Annelien ever think she would publish her own book some day?  “No. I have written and been the co-author of several books for tertiary institutions, but never anything for the public.  I thus felt that SA needed a practical guide to all aspects of cooking as well as answers to some complex questions.
Some book reviews of Annelien’s book by the publishers of Go Platteland Magazine, Annelien says, really manage to capture the true essence of her book.  “In tumultuous times, we long for the familiar, comforting food we grew up with.  With this book, an old family recipe book combined with a new, step by step cooking and baking manual, Annelien has managed to pay homage to the simple, nutritional home-cooked meals of her mother, father, grandmother and great grandmother, all the while giving each recipe a special, adventurous twist, to make for quicker, easier, more affordable food.
Her book features 140 healthy, tried, tested and perfected recipes, seven menu suggestions for special occasions and a whole lot of useful information regarding cooking terms, times, tables etc.  This is the ideal old-school cook book for 21st century, busy cooks.
Annelien trains people in the secrets of successful cooking in small, intimate classes at her studio.  Each student takes home whatever it is they prepared in the class for the day.  She is also a consultant for newly erected cheese factories and bakeries, giving training to staff and solving problems at these businesses nationally.
Annelien also regularly does presentations of her specialist knowledge of sourdough, cheese making and all other areas of food at shows and food expos. She is also featured on TV and radio shows regularly, teaching the country to cook simply, with restaurant-looking end products as a result.  “I love writing and being a part of my environment.”  Her great sense of humour combined with hints regarding cooking on social media every so often, leave everyone involved feeling motivated.

 

Karen Adendorf

The dynamic Karen Adendorff (44) is extremely creative and, in addition to that, loves to share her ideas with a rather large audience. She has just released her 16th craft book, “Hekel teëlmotiewe met ‘n verskil” which also happens to be her 10th published book on crocheting.
If Karen looks familiar, it may be that you have seen her on television.  She used to present the Droomhuis programme on kykNet where different means of renovation and restoration to houses is explored, and still regularly provides craft contributions to several magazines, including the Vrouekeur, Idees and Lig magazines.
Karen completed her BA degree at the North West University after school and then moved to Pretoria where she completed her Honours and Masters degrees in Afrikaans.  “I was addicted to studying,” she tells.  “I even took courses in Russian, marketing management, interior decorating and business management in between, just for fun.”
Being in the book game is nothing new to Karen.  For 10 years, she was the publisher of non-fiction books at Lapa Publishers.  She ensured, in this period, that several books and their authors, including some of her own top-sellers, gained the recognition they deserved.
With regards to her craft, Karen is an active member of crocheting groups on social media platforms and has her own blog, “A hankidoriday – my beautiful chaos.” She presents workshops all over South Africa.   “I also manage my own business called HankiDori whilst playing mom to my two kids, aged seven and ten,” Karen says, and as for her husband – she describes him as a creative and musical chemical engineer.
Karen’s love for arts and crafts dates back as far as she can remember. “I was stimulated and often encouraged by my parents to practice several forms of arts and crafts and exposed to many craft books depicting different art forms and ideas.”  Karen also attended art classes after school. “Art has always been a part of my life and as a teenager I didn’t value it much, but realized later that one will always return to what makes you super happy.”
Karen can still remember her first ever piece of art.  “In first grade I won an art competition and the prize was tickets to the circus. For a small-town girl like myself, this was a huge and unforgettable experience.”
Art has brought Karen nothing but good memories, but it is not a walk in the park.  To make a name and succeed, Karen says one has to persevere, keep on going, be self-disciplined and must manage your time with excellence.  “You are only as good as your last design.  You need to stay fresh and relevant to remain on top of your game.”
Karen’s style is heavily influenced by rich patterns in textiles and crocheting from all over the world. “And then organic forms and patterns which appear in nature, also fascinate me.”
To read more about Karen or to obtain some hints, follow her on Facebook on “Karen Adendorff Niemand” or “HankiDori” or visit her blog.

 

Carla van deer Spuy

“Ek het rêrig nooit gedink ek gaan eendag boeke skryf nie. Ek was ‘n koerantjoernalis en toe ‘n vryskutjoernalis vir meer as 20 jaar, maar toe dié geleentheid hom voordoen, het ek dit aangegryp, want ‘n vryskutjoernalis sê nooit nee vir werk nie,” lag sy.
Carla se misdaadboeke oor werklike mense, gebeure en psiges, het al haar verwagtinge oortref. Haar eerste boek, Mens of Monster, waarin sy die stories van ernstige en wrede misdadigers, moordenaars en verkragters moes vertel, was tot haar verbasing ‘n topverkoper. Die tweede en derde boeke, Plaasmoorde, slagoffers vertel hul stories en Bloed op haar hande – vroue agter tralies, was ewe susksesvol. En toe volg die wegholsukses, Mishandel, misbruik, misken, die storie van Amor van der Westhuyzen, dogter van die berugte Joey Haarhoff wat saam met die pedofiel Gert van Rooyen ses jong meisies ontvoer het, se riller-kinderjare.
Haar sesde boek, Sielsiek, verskyn volgende maand op die rakke. “Sielsiek handel oor waarom haak mense se koppe uit. Een van die hoofkarakters is Chris Mahlangu, wat Eugene Terblanche so wreedaardig vermoor het. Ek het dit in samewerking met die bekende forensiese sielkundige, dr Henk Swanepoel, gedoen en dit was ‘n uiters interessante ervaring.”
Dit is een ding om misdaadfiksie te skryf, maar ‘n ander storie as die grusame verhale die werklikheid is. Carla het die afgelope jare meer as tien tronke besoek en met tientalle misdadigers onderhoude gevoer om die boeke te skryf.
Hoe raak dit haar? “Snaaks, maar dit maak my nie depressief of negatief nie. Die boeke kyk na ‘n ander prentjie – hoekom dit gebeur en wat daartoe aanleiding gee. Die misdadiger se kop fassineer my nou. Al wat my bangmaak is dat ek dalk self in die tronk beland. Ek was die afgelope vyf jaar soveel keer in die tronk om met misdadigers onderhoude te voer, dat ek ‘n heilige vrees vir dire plek het. So, ek betaal boetes en ek stop by ‘n rooi lig,’ lag sy.
“Ek is ‘n joernalis, en joernaliste vertel mense se stories. Dus is dit nie vir my moeilik om die misdadigers se stories te vertel nie. En dit is wat mense wil lees, as mens kyk na misdaadboeke se gewildheid.”
En as sy iets anders sou skryf? “Ek wou nog altyd ‘n roman skryf, maar ek weet sommer nou al iemand sal iemand in my roman vermoor. Ek is nou in hierdie misdaadgemors en ek wil meer weet. Ek kliek al met die misdadigers.”
Sy het onlangs ouma geword en die idee van kinderstories draai sedertdien in haar kop. “Maar dit is darem ‘n massiewe genre-sprong. Van riller tot sprokie… ek moet miskien maar vir tyd en wyl by my huidige onderwerp bly.”
En die volgende boek? “Kyk, ek was die afgelope jaar in soveel tronke, ek is nou bietjie op parool tot die volgende een, wat dit ookal mag wees.

 

Michelle Kemp

Michelle Kemp has been writing since the age of nine when she first wrote a poem about saving nature. Since then she has published seven children’s books and is currently working on her first adult fantasy novel.
“I have always loved the written word. I am an avid reader and divide all my free time between reading and writing,” she says.
Michelle runs her own school, the Montessori Country Kids in Hartbeespoort and is a primary school teacher.
“I was taught to write using a right brain method which really enriched my left-brain ordered world. I have since trained as a creative writing mentor and am undertaking to pass on this love of writing to the next generation with writing classes.”
Michelle is currently teaching adults to develop their writing skills as well. Michelle recently spoke at an International Montessori conference about Creative Writing Using the Right Brain.
“The right-brain writing method is a relaxed, fun way to write. It helps people to utilise their whole brain and to write without criticism. This method was developed by Felicity Keats, who then trained me. It is an amazing method as it allows absolutely anyone to write. It has helped children with different learning issues to have a place to write without worrying about grades. It also gives adults a safe environment to express their thoughts.”
Michelle was so inspired by Felicity and her method, that a few years ago she entered Felicity in the Oprah Winfrey Magazine’s Real Woman making a Real Difference competition. The Oprah Magazine was so impressed by Michelle’s story that they doubled the prize and awarded it to Michelle and Felicity. Michelle used the prize money to put copies of her books into underprivileged schools. It is her dream to one day see her books in the hands of children who need them the most, by gaining corporate sponsorship to place the books in schools.
Her first book, published at the age of 11, was about a bird, who got into trouble for going to bed late. She wrote the Funny Farm Series of books at age seventeen and uses them to help children understand that being different is a good thing. These books include stories about a dyslexic dairy cow and some city goats who need to learn to play outside, not just be in front of the TV. These were inspired by the animals on her family’s farm. Last year Michelle collaborated with a group of writers from Pretoria on an anthology of short stories, which features her first attempt at Young Adult fiction called Lonely.
“I am grateful to be able to follow my love of writing and to have the opportunity to inspire others to write.”
Michelle lives on a small farm in De Wildt, where she loves to sit in nature with a glass of wine and write. Michelle can be contacted on 0829236886

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