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Local writer does it himself

“What would you do if you were betrayed and someone offered you the power to exact vengeance for what was done to you ... with an evil price to pay?”

Shaun M Jooste delved into the horror-franchise Silent Hill to find the answers.

This author from Parow managed to get the rights from Konami Computer Entertainment to set his story in the midst of a fictional town called Silent Hill, which has become a global phenomenon since the computer game first appeared in 1999.

The paperback Silent Hill: Betrayal has since hit the shelves and has already left an abundance of positive reviews in its wake.

This is not the first time Jooste has been published. “My first series was my epic fantasy trilogy, the Celenic Earth Chronicles, which is like Lord of the Rings, and also much like the video game Skyrim. The books are called Windfarer, DragonRider, and Sadgi. I am my own publisher. I released them as paperbacks and e-books locally and internationally. I am working on a romantic fantasy novel called Dream Whispers, with many more to come.”

Jooste says being a writer comes with plenty of challenges, but adds that it is littered with moments of perfection.

“There are days where I can just write and the rush I get from the act is enough to motivate me. Then there are days when that feeling is absent, and I need encouragement to get started. I’ve even had some dry periods where I didn’t feel like writing at all, until I put my finger to keyboard, the joy returns, and the writing unfolds itself.”

For Jooste inspiration usually comes when his mind “idly daydreams” about the story he is working on. Sometimes he is watching a movie or playing a video game when that moment happens.

Other times he dreams.

“I had a marathon of horror movies the one weekend. When I went to bed, I had an eerie dream that was almost like a mix of those movies, but with its own story set in the town I grew up – Vredenburg. It became the basis for an upcoming horror series The Damned Souls Saga”.

And then, when he has the plot and the storyline all figured out he puts on his headphones and vanishes into his own world as his fingers “dance across the keyboard like a wisp in the wind”.

Oh, and he needs coffee. “I neeeeed my coffee,” he emphasises, in writing.

“I want to inspire others to show them that it can be done, and help them discover how they can go about doing it themselves. You don’t need a traditional publisher... you just need great writing talent and fantastic marketing abilities. The rest of the process takes care of itself.”

What is your opinion on revenge? Let us know at briewe@tygerburger.co.za.

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