A great books starts with a GREAT BEGINNING

Today, we are drifting over to the dark side with Nerine Dorman. Let's see if you get this one. What Gothic Great Classic starts like this? (And it starts with a Preface and a series of letters)

To Mrs. Saville, England

ST. PETERSBURGH, Dec. 11, 17--.

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. I arrived here yesterday; and my first task is to assure my dear sister of my welfare, and increasing confidence in the success of my undertaking.


There’s a free copy of Nerine's, Inkarna, for whoever gets it first in the comment section. Here's a couple of visual clues to get you thinking, while I tell you a bit more about Nerine.


1.     Give us your Great Beginning, where were you born and where are you now?

I’m a born-and-bred Capetonian, living in sunny South Africa. Though I’ve travelled a little bit, I still live in the far south of the Cape Peninsula in the city of Cape Town. If you look at a map of South Africa, you’ll see a little pointy bit that sticks out from the continent – yep, that’s where I stay. Though I love to see other places in the world, I’m glad I’ve got this as my home base.


2.     One word to describe yourself from:

·      You: curious

·      Your Significant Other: coffee-maker

·      Your Best Friend: soul-sister

·      Your Mother: naughty


3.     How did the idea for your book, Inkarna, come about?

Like many of my stories, it started with the two words, “What if…” and went on from there. At the time that I was inspired to write this story, I was going through a very difficult time, and two people who meant a lot to me had passed away. So the book was written in a way to come to terms with grief, but also to transform the negativity that was inside me.


4.     Tell us how your journey in publishing began? 

I’d been running a writers’ group for a long time, and was trying very hard to hone my craft to the point where I could make my first sales. If I look back to some of the stuff I was writing, I want to cringe, but there you have it. You can’t expect to grow unless you practice, and I spent many years writing stories that got rejected. Somewhere along the line I decided I had an idea for a novel, and it took me a year to write Khepera Rising, which still has a special place in my heart. See

This was initially picked up by a publisher, and the rights have since reverted to me. During the past few years, I’ve also discovered that I really enjoy working with authors, so I’ve ended up editing a whole pile of books, and also curate the annual South African HorrorFest Bloody Parchment event, short story competition and anthology. Once ink gets in your blood, it’s difficult to do anything else. People keep asking me how many books I’ve written but truth be told, I really have to think about that question. ;-)


5.     Now let’s hear the opening lines of your RITA acceptance speech (don’t tell me I’m the only one who’s had this fantasy)

Whatever they’ve said about me… It’s not true!

(At which point I’ll wait for the laughter to die away)

6.     And now give us that Great Beginning 

Tomorrow will be the first time I die. It seems appropriate that I visit Richard’s final resting place among the mausoleums and monuments of Maitland cemetery. The wind’s bite chews through my new Turkish leather coat. The cold goads the deep-rooted pain lodged in my bones, all the way through to my marrow, and each step I take offers a fresh blaze of agony shooting through my joints to make my heart shudder and my breath catch.


About this author

An editor and multi-published author, Nerine Dorman currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa, with her visual artist husband. Some of the publishers for whom she has edited works include Dark Continents Publishing and eKhaya (an imprint of Random House Struik). Her fiction sales include works to Dark Continents Publishing, Wordsmack, Tor Books, Apex Publishing and Immanion Press. She has been involved in the media industry for more than a decade, with a background in magazine and newspaper publishing, commercial fiction, independent filmmaking, print production management and advertising. Her book reviews, as well as travel, entertainment and lifestyle editorial regularly appear in national newspapers and online. A few of her interests include music, travel, history, Egypt, art, photography, psychology, philosophy, magic and the natural world.


She is the editor of the Bloody Parchment anthologies, Volume One; Hidden Things, Lost Things and Other Stories; and The Root Cellar and Other Stories. In addition, she also organises the annual Bloody Parchment event in conjunction with the South African HorrorFest.


She is also a founding member and co-ordinator for the Adamastor Writers’ Guild; edits The Egyptian Society of South Africa’s quarterly newsletter, SHEMU; and from time to time assists on set with the award-winning BlackMilk Productions.

Folks are welcome to stalk me on Twitter @nerinedorman or check out my website at

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Another wee hint for you ... I'm giving this one away!

Another wee hint for you ... I'm giving this one away!