I’m ecstatic to welcome you in my writing space today. Firstly, there’s my beloved Indonesian desk that refused to fit through any upstairs window or door in our house (it’s not that the desk is so big, it’s just that the doors and windows here in France are so small compared to the ones in Chile where I bought the desk), hence it’s occupying a portion of our ground floor bedroom, which happens to be the quietest room in a house with two noisy kids, a darling husband who works from home two days out of five, and a talkative Cornish Rex cat.
The view is the best. I adore trees, and from where I sit I’m surrounded by pines and oaks. By looking at my work surface you’ll also discover one of my writing quirks. I can’t have anything cluttering my desk when I write. Clutter makes me disjointed and scatter-brained, like a huge bottleneck in my creative flow. No pens, coffee mugs, coasters, notepads, or phones. I need my environment to be tidy and ‘Zen’. It’s like removing physical obstacles to liberate the flow of thoughts. The only ornaments I keep on my desk are a family photo and three muses – a statue of an angel that was a gift from my mom, a marble Buddha statue that I bought during a trip to Mumbai, and my alpha male rescuer from Mexico.
Then there’s my second office – my car. With half of my time dedicated to driving my kids around, I’ve learned to not waste a second. Always armed with my laptop, I write during swimming lessons, on the pavement outside ballet rehearsals, or next to the soccer field. During long road trips when it’s my husband’s turn to drive, I do the same. I’ve written more than one book from the passenger seat of my car. You’ll often see me parked outside the athletics field, typing away behind the dashboard, but in reality I’m in a spacecraft, trying to figure out how the controls work. 🙂
Thank you so much for inviting me, Cara, and for sharing your cyber space with me today!
Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a degree in Communication at the University of Potchefstroom and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.
After relocating to Chile with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published eighteen novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles. Two of her short stories were selected for publication in an African anthology from across the continent by the International Society of Literary Fellows in conjunction with the International Research Council on African Literature and Culture.
When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in Montpellier with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.
Charmaine is the Author of The Krinar Experiment
When Drako’s space pod malfunctions over Johannesburg, his secret reconnaissance mission goes horribly wrong. Wounded in the crash, he’s captured by the South African Secret Service who sees an opportunity to strengthen their army and make a fortune by using the alien pilot in an unorthodox experiment. They send a female to tend to Drako’s injuries, a human girl with the pretty name of Ilse who’s sweet and caring. The perfume of her skin is like a drug, her blood an aphrodisiac. He can still smell her and taste her on his tongue. Her betrayal cuts deeper than the testing and torture. No matter. His escape is pending. When he comes back to Earth, it will be to find her, and when he does, he’ll show as little mercy as she did.
These are the events that led to the Krinar Earth Invasion. This is the untold story.
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