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.
Africa, apart from the two and a half years I was away, has always been my home. Born in Zambia, I grew up in Zimbabwe and am now living in South Africa. Adventure, in some form or another, is in my DNA probably because I did my first round-the-world trip when I was four years old. Who knows where I'll end up!
I sustained myself through dreary and seemingly endless maths classes at school by equally endless daydreaming and the hope that one day I'd be 'making movies'. Afterwards, I trained as a graphic designer. My brother and I ran The Artful Dodges for a while. It was a very small design and advertising studio. My brother and his new wife headed out on their own adventure at some point and I enjoyed a long stint in one of the country's larger advertising agencies. Once I had enjoyed the dizzy heights of Assistant Creative Director it felt like time for a change.
A change of country and profession.
Welcome to South Africa! I fell head first into the local and international broadcast television industry. For the next eight years, working for broadcasters like NatGeo Wild, Animal Planet and Discovery, as well as winning the odd international award, it seemed as if my movie-making dream was about to happen.
It dawned on me, finally, that it wasn't so much movie-making that mattered, but rather 'telling stories'. That was what I was, am, passionate about. So, in November 2011, I decided to chase the new dream and put those stories on paper. Now, in order to sustain my story writing addiction, I am a freelance content creator.
Apart from white-water rafting down the Zambezi, I feel most alive when I'm writing.
A little bit about the stories
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 been an exciting ride including being featured as a guest blogger on other authors' sites, a radio interview about the book, and having the book nominated for the 2014 RONE Awards!
A short story I wrote for the 5th Annual South African Horrorfest competition was selected and featured in the anthology, Bloody-Parchment: Blue Honey and the Valley of Shadow.
All those years of daydreaming have given me an unrelenting source of story ideas. My website is littered with short stories and first chapters of novels I'm planning. I'm in the throes of editing my second book, The Device Hunter, which is an altogether different animal to 'Harcourt's Mountain', both in genre and temperament! In addition, because so many readers have asked for it, I've also begun the plotting for a sequel to 'Harcourt's Mountain'.
"Bloody brilliant" - Fiona Patterson on short story 'Coming Undone'.
"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 on 'Harcourt's Mountain'
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IT'S NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!!!
The 5th Bloody Parchment Short Story Collection "Bloody Parchment: Blue Honey and The Valley of Shadow", is now available on Amazon.
Amazingly, my short story "The Man with a House on His Back" opens the collection.
A tad intimidating.
Click on the link below
It'll take you straight to the Amazon page!
You can find more short stories on the website: 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.