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September 14, 2013
Maureen Marks-Mendonca : Drawn to Magical Realism
|Maureen Marks-Mendonca (right) autographing a copy of her book for a fan.|
Maureen has found that writing requires a lot more footwork than she initially expected. The impression most people have is that the writer writes and the publisher does the rest.
“These days, publishers only like to market celebrity books, or the books of established authors,” she said. “Everyone else is expected to get out there and do their utmost to promote their own books. The inner world of a novelist is a magical place, and many authors would prefer not to be bothered with mundane stuff like getting on the circuit and making their presence felt.”
Growing up in Queenstown
Maureen said Queenstown at that time was a wonderfully mixed middle-class community, fairly quiet except for a neighbour’s geese, which would chase any child brave enough to pass that lot.
|These days the author is building a teepee in her back yard.|
Legend of the Swan Children
Maureen’s first novel, Legend of the Swan Children revolves around Alejandro Vega Van Sertima, a boy born with mysterious abilities in Alma, a sleepy Spanish village on the Caribbean Sea. Known among the Waspachu by his clan name, Alex Springfeather, he lives a simple but happy life – but this all changes when those around him start to mysteriously disappear, including his mother whom he holds dear.