We chat to Sonja L Myburgh

We meet fellow South African, Sonja L Myburgh . . .

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Or did life step in and change your plans?

Cliche answer, but yes. I was the kid who would spend their entire summer reading through a list of books I compiled myself. I was that kid who prayed for essays in school and I was good at it too, and I was that kid who finished their assignments early just so I could read in class.

The bug was always there, but I never truly thought that my books were any good, even though my friends, who I considered biased, thought they were great.

Before I started writing seriously, I was a hairstylist. I think that also helped with story ideas because salons are goldmines when it comes to juicy stories.

Take us through your first novel, how the idea came and how it eventually came out into the world.

My husband and I were watching the US Open Tennis Tournament and he asked why don't I write a story about tennis. I don't know anything about sports, but I am not the type of person who shies away from a challenge. He tutored me, and I developed my plot from there.

You've gone the self-publishing route - do you have some advice for others wanting to go this way?

You know, it's a tedious, pain-in-the-ass experience, but it's worth it. You have control of it, which is both a good and a bad thing. I love it now - I used to hate it - because I'm used to the process. My advice - don't move too fast, don't put pressure on yourself. Rome wasn't built in a day.

Take me through your top three books of all time?

Wow, this question is horrible to answer any day.

* The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

* 1984 - George Orwell

* The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Those books changed my life.

What are your currently reading?

I'm reading an awesome book by B.L Berry called Birthquake.

She's hilarious, my kind of person. I love her.

What are you working on at the moment?

I'm working on a few projects, to my dismay. One is a rather emotional novel about suicide. I love to write about real life situations because it's relatable. We're all going through difficult times and I guess I just want people to identify with my characters, and make them real.

I'm also working on a Halloween shorter story. It's just for fun, for now.

Also, a series which revolves around Greek Gods and Goddesses in high school.

So, I'm pretty much stretched in all directions, but I love it.

When you're not writing, what are you doing?

I'll be home, trying to contain the chaos of my home life. I have an almost 2-year-old daughter, who keeps me busy. I'm also crafty, so I make things, like clothes and crafts. I'm a real Pinterest whore.

Ever write in coffee shops?

Sometimes, but it gets loud, so home is where I usually write, but Dulce's waiters know me by now. They keep my cup filled up, so they're great.