Sela‘s very own Anneline De Hout
Anneline, how did you decide on the title of your book?
I was always fascinated by a showcase. When I was young, I told a friend that I would one day write a book with the name “Vertoonkas” (Showcase) which will have my poetry in it, but it would not be a poetry book. I never knew when I would write this book, but it was always at the back of my mind to do so.
What motivated you to write your book?
It was time to write the book.
Who are your intended audience?
Estell Brink in her review of the book she says: “The book gives you a handle on what many people often experience, but do not have the words to describe nor articulate.” I feel the book is for Christians who have been serving the Lord for a while.
How long did it take you write Vertoonkas?
I wrote the first draft of this book in three months, but the stories and poetry were already noted. I started writing poetry as a teen.
When did you first call yourself an author?
Even after I published my first book, Vuurwa-Taxi and then Chariot-Taxi, I still did not think of myself as a writer. It felt more like I had just published my story. But with Showcase (Vertoonkas), I am bolder in calling myself an author. I think the creative process of using ornaments to weave the stories together gave me confidence to use that title.
How do you use social media as an author?
Writing a book is one thing, but to market and sell your book is another. I constantly have to think of new ways to reach new audiences. Social media is crucial – and when people like and share posts it helps a lot.
What would you say to an author who wanted to design their own cover?
It is lovely when authors get involved in the design. It is also good to listen to advice and comments.
I use Canva to create many covers for authors and even for my adverts.
How much research did you need to do for your book?
I did not do that much research for this book, I just had to go back to my own notes and expand on them.
What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?
Do not rush the process!
Who has been the biggest supporter of your writing?
My family is my biggest support, and then my friends cheer me on. It is good to have people believing in you.
Do you have other writers in the family?
The late Dalene Matthee (author of Kringe in die Bos) is a distant relative.
What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
The book will only happen if you put in the time to write. Then you need an editor/proofreader – you cannot proofread your own work.
If you could spend a day with another popular author, whom would you choose?
Francine Rivers – her storytelling is awesome! I would love to hear her process of developing the various role players. Anneline’s book and e-books are available from Sela. The book is available as a dual medium book – Vertoonkas (Afrikaans) on one side and when you flip the book, you will find the English version, Showcase. It is also available in e-book format. Click on the links below to go directly to the Sela pages: https://sela-books.co.za/product/vertoonkas-showcase-anneline-de-hout/ https://sela-books.co.za/product/showcase-ebook/ https://sela-books.co.za/product/vertoonkas-ebook/