Now in it’s fourth year, the Jozi Flash anthology of flash fiction and short stories is bigger and better than ever.
Jozi Flash 2018: Colours of the City is due for release in September! Pop in every Wednesday from now until then to meet the authors involved in the project!
Week 12: Celeste Vermaak
Our last author is another newcomer to the anthology. Please join me in welcoming Celeste Vermaak, a writer whose imagination creates twists and turns to thrill the reader!
1. So, tell us about yourself but in old school Twitter 140 character format.
Dunno what this is. I write when creativity hits. Have many quirks #nightowl #wannabeawriter #nevergiveup
2. We always hear about why you started writing but now, what keeps you writing?
Writing is relaxing most of the time; it’s an escape from the stresses of everyday life. There is also a need to write and be creative. I can’t quite explain it, it’s just a part of me that won’t sit still until indulged.
3. What would you say is your writing quirk?
I write best at night when everyone else is asleep or under pressure before a deadline. NaNoWriMo helps with that because you need to hit a target, and I really don’t like having things halfway done. It feels wrong.
4. What genre would you say is your worst, and why?
Romance, my characters never just fall in love and live happily ever after. They like plot twists.
5. What’s one thing you love about writing?
Being transported to other worlds and interacting with your characters. They become so real and a part of your life and you always have company, even when you want to be alone.
6. If you were a character in your favourite genre, who would you be and why?
Fantasy, I would be a dragon and soar the skies and see the world from above and how beautiful it is with dragon sight. And fry the idiots that irritate me.
7. Was writing something you saw yourself doing as a child?
Nope, writing was something I had to do for school and creative writing was a major challenge for me. Who knew…
8. If you could rewrite any book, what would it be and why?
Twilight, no vampire should have to sparkle in sunlight and no child should have to suffer imprinting. That’s not even justified by a weird sci-fi time warp thing. And the grammar…
9. Being published is a major step forward so what will you do, now?
Keep going, there is a world out there just waiting to be explored and written down. Being published has not sunk in yet, it’s still not a reality.
10. If you had to ask the person closest to you, what kind of author do they think you are?
A young adult fantasy author with a quirky sense of humour.