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My Story

I am a Wrestler of the Muse

These are My Notes On Wrestling The Muse

img_1606I write fiction and poetry.
My stories dance the fine wire line between horror and psychological thriller hanging over the knife-edge blurred between the normal and the paranormal. Evil walks around with a mask of normal.

I am not afraid to look into the face of darkness. A life-long fascination of psychology, the surreal and an innate psychic 6th sense influences all of my writing.
When I hear about a terrible act, I ask the questions: Why? What lead that person down that path? What makes that person different from me? In just the same way. What makes a person a hero/heroine? Why do heroes/heroines seem to be able to act, to engage, to change? What makes a person – villain or hero/heroine extraordinary? I don’t believe villains or heroes are that different from you or I? I believe that “normal” hides “truth”. This is what is the true voice of all my writing. This is what I’ll never stop questioning…

Face to Face with Evil

I am the sum of my experiences. As a young adolescent girl in South Africa I grew up in fear of a sadistic paedophile serial killer who hunted young girls my age in the late 80s. Seven girls were abducted from all over the country and killed by this man and their faces on milk cartons haunted my life. It was only at the close of this case, after this killer took his own life and that of his accomplice, when all the information about this killer came to light that I realised to my horror that I had met this man. He had stopped a friend and I asking for directions. What struck me about the man was not his appearance which was relatively non-descript and bland but his eyes. He locked eyes with me for a moment and I knew I was looking evil in the eye. My friend and I ran away and thankfully we got away unharmed. A few years later I realised the same time I came to face to face with a man with evil eyes was months before the first victim disappeared.

Pathologist, Criminal Psychologist or Author…

This experience shaped me into the person I am today and why I write the stories I do. I have never forgotten that ordinary face with evil eyes or how close to danger I came. Ever since then I have wanted to know what makes people turn to the darkness and how can you tell pure evil from seeming normality. This is what inspires the heart of my stories.

Wanting to be either a pathologist or a criminal psychologist, life took me on a few twists and turns while studying journalism. After a couple of meandering career offshoots that did not involve fiction and did involve immigration to New Zealand. Fiction finally chose me when I was asked to write a short story for a NZ anthology (which was a National Award Winner).

Chasing the Elixir of Poetry…

Poetry is my first love and my painkiller. I have written poetry since I was a child and it is still the lens through which I observe the world, understand my experiences and exorcise my emotions.

You can find my Poetry Portfolio here.

Setting

My motherland of South Africa inspired me with her rich story telling history and inspired me to become a storyteller. From the majestic dragon back peaks of The Drakensburg Mountain Range to the crashing waves against the rocky cliffs of Cape Town , from the lush verdant natural bush of the Natal coasts to the blooming deserts of Namaqualand, from the warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean to the coolly invigourating waters of the Atlantic Ocean. South Africa will always have my heart and always be my inspiration. I carry this wild and untamed land within my bones and blood wherever I end up.

I now live on the beautiful East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and I am lucky enough to call the Pacific Ocean my backyard. I can often be found wandering the cliff tops above the crashing ocean and walking through the lush farmlands that surround the area. But with a heart caught between two lands, the sunburned, ancient, wild Africa and the lush, green islands of New Zealand, I find my true home within the white pages covered in ink.

Seeing Ghosts

I really do see ghosts and my loved ones believe ghosts and extreme weather phenomenon follow me around. I grew up spending holidays and weekends at my grandparents’ large old farm homestead which had a hidden wing that was haunted. These early experiences with haunted homes ignited my imagination and started a spark that made me question what else is out there that we couldn’t see, what is around us observing us? Why could I see these ghosts/spirits and many others couldn’t? The spark was lit and the stories started coming as fast as I could write them down and they still keep coming.

Writing Influences

Jeffrey Deaver, Thomas Harris, Lee Child, Dean Koontz, David Lindsey, Lynda la Plante, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen.

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Here are some more insights into who I am and why I write what I write for inquiring minds who want to know more…

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The Blank Page…A Challenge or a Bane?

The Cost of Creativity: Unblocking the Dam before it Breaks Me

My Animal Muse | Creative Creature | Furry Friend

My Writing Nest

Goldilocks and the Perfect Desk

Call Me Writer 007…I take my coffee shaken or stirred…with words on the side

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47 Comments

  1. Thanks KK for your visit and follow! I find your blog interesting, and will be back for more.
    Interesting that you met scary people and saw evil in them. I saw people behaving scary and held onto a small peek I got of their human element.
    Psychology, writing, etc can mirror/reflect many interesting perspectives … And sometimes, help let go!

  2. Thank you for following me! 🙂
    What a story you have. I cannot imagine looking evil in the eye. *shivers*
    You’re blog is incredibly intriguing. I will certainly look into it further.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am wowed by the design of your site! I wanted to let you know, too, that I”ve relocated. Here is the link (htttp//:elizabethmarro.com) to my new site where my blog will be as well. I look forward to staying in touch!

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for the lovely compliment.
      Your new site looks fantastic!
      I’ll definitely keep in touch.

      Thanks,
      Kim 🙂

  4. Came by to thank you for the follow and have found enticing wordsmith. Don’t know how you found me ( seriously, how did you find me?) but I am grateful, thank you.

  5. wow! a possible kindred spirit. i love comedy and love stories as much as the next, but dark is my true passion, due to my childhood. i too seek to know what makes a killer. and it is usually the details. i look forward to reading your works…

  6. Heya thank you for checking out my blog, I appreciate the follow! You have a very inspiring story, good luck with everything 🙂 x

  7. Some of my best friends are from the world beyond. My family always had a sixth sense and good communication with those who have passed on.

  8. Fascinating back story and I can’t wait to read more of your posts. I have seen ghosts too and look forward to reading your stories.
    Thanks for reading my blog- I hope it’s got some posts for you to enjoy x

  9. Love your outlook, your way of accepting and being part of what is unseen by most. Listen and they will speak. Thanks for the ‘Follow’ of my blog! Appreciated 😀

  10. Hi KK, Thank you for following my blog – I loved reading about the context of your writing – really interesting and thought-provoking. I’m looking forward to reading more! TDx

  11. Hi Kim, I’m already riveted, waiting for the story to unfold, and a little envious of your journalistic role and all-star setting. Thanks for following my humble blog. I look forward (with a little fear) to discovering more of your stories. muse Brad

  12. Whoa – – I was startled and riveted by your story. I am glad you gave my humor blog a follow so I could trace the breadcrumbs back to here and explore. Congrats on the NZ anthology national win too – – that’s a big thing. I have long nights with insomnia so it looks like I found me a great place to binge-read! Thanks again,
    Stephanie

    • Hi Stephanie 🙂
      Thrilled you popped by. Thank you for your kind compliments.
      Us insomniacs need to stick together…perhaps form an insomniacs anonymous on wordpress. 😉

  13. HI, Kim. thanks for stopping by my blog and the follow. Hope you find some useful ideas there on living healthy so often folks your age don’t think much about that as they are brimming with it. But nothing passes swifter than youth. I am a thriller reader and big fan of Lee Child and Thomas Harris, too. Best of luck with your blog and writing!

    • Hi Tony
      I came across your blog because of WordPress’s feature on fitness. Loved what I saw. I have always been into health and fitness but especially more so now as I hit my mid 30s. Looking forward to following your posts and I am sure I will come across many great tips.
      Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  14. Kim, thank you finding and following my blog. In initially perusing a few of your posts, I am excited to read more. Good luck to you and I’m looking forward to reading more. You taste in authors seems to coincide with mine! 🙂

    • Hi Linda 🙂
      This is why I Love the WordPress community. You meet the nicest and most interesting people.
      Happy to meet another reader who enjoys thrills, kills and spills on their bedside table. 🙂

  15. I just love ghost stories Kim and will read yours for sure. Great to meet another South African from far away. You have a gorgeous blog! 😀

    • Hi Sonel 🙂
      Always happy to meet another ghost-story lover! 🙂
      Thank you for the kind compliments.
      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
      Kisses to the soil of SA from me. xx

      • You are very welcome Kim and will do. 😀 xx

  16. thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it:) what an interesting blog you have 🙂 for sure will be back here !!

    • You had me at “dogs”….My life would be bland without my papillon, Jazz.
      Happy to connect in return.
      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  17. Hello. I just discovered your blog and enjoy it very much. Love the photographs! I envy your place of residence, as I recall visits to New Zealand in 1989-90. I especially liked my time in the art deco city of Napier.

  18. I loved reading about you. You remind me a lot of myself. I love dark writing and a bit weird always draws me in. I’d love to read about your experiences with spirits. Maribeth

    • Hi Maribeth 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.
      Keep your eye on the blog this month as I will be discussing just that in preparation for the launch of my Haunted House series. “The Redgates Secrets”

  19. Hello Kim. It’s nice to meet you. Thank you for the follow.

    You have a gorgeous website.

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