Writing with a lively imagination

2013-05-22 00:00

WRITING exotic thrillers from a peaceful retirement village may seem like a bizarre contrast. However, Daphne Olivier is anything but ready to put down her pen. For her the writing bug was always there, but she only had her first book published when she had retired.

Her latest book, The Pegasus Project, is a racy and modern thriller set in South Africa and it has all the elements of a bestseller. Olivier does her research meticulously and when she can’t sleep in the early hours of the morning, she is on her computer doing all the research she can for her novels.

This book is about genetically modified crops that are being grown in a top-secret facility. A young man, Jack Randal, is hired to do some laboratory work at the secret facility and he cannot help but be curious when everyone warns him to stay away from a certain group of buildings.

He also observes that everyone is a bit nervous and on edge. Mr Randal is the hero of the novel and, of course, he has to have a beautiful sidekick to help him get to the bottom of this dubious mystery.

This book is a mix of science, blackmail, boy-meets-girl, corporate exploitation and animal rescue. While some may think Olivier’s book runs true to a typical bestseller formula, there is something very authentic about it. The novel is full of suspense and her characters are well-rounded and very believable. It would make a great movie.

Olivier says she crafted her writing by practising and submitting her work to a few writers groups, where she read a lot of work and received encouragement from other writers.

“From a young age, I was an avid reader. I read anything I could lay my hands on — be it biography, fantasy, historical fiction, thriller, mythology, science fiction or the classics.

“I knew I wanted to write a book, but I had my career and then a family, and only now I have the time to do what I love.”

Daphne’s first novel, a young adult thriller, The Peacock Throne, was a finalist in the Sanlam Youth Literature Award and was subsequently published by Wild Child Publishers.

Her second novel, a suspense romance, titled Her Dangerous Inheritance, was published by Melange Books under the penname, Flora Penn.

Then followed a biographical book about her life, which she mainly wrote for family and friends, but the publisher liked it as well and so The Way it Was was published for the general public.

Olivier’s last book, The Kennaway Woman, released last year, is a historical romance based on the little-known voyage of the Kennaway ship that brought starving Irish girls to the Eastern Cape for marriage to German settlers.

Howick resident Olivier also writes science fiction and her lively imagination means she is always plotting a new storyline. She is planning a new novel based on the Boer War.

Her books are available from her directly at dafol@mtndown loaded.co.za or can be purchased from www.amazon.com

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