Storytellers don't choose which stories to write. The stories choose the storyteller. Elaine Dodge
THE BOOKS, THE BLOGS & THE INSPIRED LIFE
Welcome to my website. I hope you enjoy browsing through it.
To start with though, a little bit about me.
I was born in Zambia, grew up in Zimbabwe and am currently living in South Africa. I say currently because I did my first round-the-world trip when I was four years old. So who knows where I'll end up!
I trained as a graphic designer, and my brother and I ran our own company - The Artful Dodges - for a while. A long stint in advertising followed. Once I had enjoyed the dizzy heights of Assistant Creative Director it felt like time for a change.
A change of country and profession.
So I moved to South Africa, where I fell head first into the local and international broadcast television industry for the next eight years. It was fun. So was winning the odd international award.
Writing was an aspect of each part of my career, and it dawned on me, finally, that I love "telling stories". I'm passionate about it, so in November 2011, I decided to "wrestle the Rottweiler" and put those stories on paper. Apart from white-water rafting down the Zambezi, I feel most alive when I'm writing.
A little bit about the books
My first book, Harcourt's Mountain, signed by Tirgearr Publishing, was launched 15 August 2013. The reviews have been marvellous! Mostly five stars. It's so exciting! I have been featured as a guest blogger on other authors' sites, have done a radio interview about the book. AND Harcourt's Mountain was nominated for the 2014 RONE Awards!
Right now, I'm in the throes of the second draft of my second novel, The Device Hunter, which is an altogether different animal to Harcourt's Mountain, both in genre and temperament! I am also plotting out and have begun my third novel The Raging of Christopher Sly, which is completely different to either of the other two. Because so many readers have asked for it I've also begun the plotting for a sequel to Harcourt's Mountain. I hope you enjoy all the books.
"Elaine Dodge has a new style that keeps a reader turning the pages and wanting to know what is on that next page." - Shirl Deems
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My story, "The Man With a House on His Back" won a place in the 2015 South African Horrorfest anthology, "Bloody Parchment: Blue Honey and The Valley of Shadow". The launch date is approaching fast. Stay tuned!
To whet your appetites here's the cover of the book.
It's taken the editor a while to put the book together, two years in fact, but she has had a rough few years so it's understandable. But it's finally on its way. Hurrah!
For more of my short stories there are a few places on this site to find them: Short Stories, Running the Bathwater Stories, 12 Short Stories in 12 Months. There's even some first chapters of novels I'm planning. Hope you enjoy them.