The day was finally here: the day when the mailman finally delivered the proof copy of my book, Children of the Flats. Many authors have told me that holding your book for the first time, is like holding a newborn baby… it is true.
Nobody can describe to you the feeling of holding that book, the feeling you get when you see your handiwork in print for the first time. You know that finally, all those months of sweat, tears and sleepless nights have culminated into something that will hopefully make the world a better place, even if just a little better.
The book is also available from the CreateSpace e-store: https://www.createspace.com/4265707.
What is the book about?
While living in South Africa, I taught at a High School in Mitchell’s Plain, known to be one of the poorest, most violent parts of South Africa. Situated on the Cape Flats, close to Cape Town, it is supposed to be a beautiful, picturesque part of one of the most beautiful countries in the world. But do not let the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain fool you. If the land could tell its story, it would be of blood, violence, drugs, gang wars and utter poverty. But among all of this, live a people who have known hardship and have had their humanity formed by it. They are known as the Colored Community of South Africa and have always been the race left behind. During the years of Apartheid, they were not seen as white enough to have the privileges bestowed on white South Africans. Once Apartheid came to a fall, they were too light-skinned to share in the privileges of Black Empowerment. Hardship like this gives you one of two choices in life: you either grow to be a good, strong human being who can survive whatever life throws at you, or you become rotten to the core. Whichever side of this fence you end up on, is up to you. You can decide to take the hand that you have been dealt and make life a game of retribution or you can choose to take it and use them as life lessons to become the best you can be and change the history of those who come after you. The characters in these stories all had to make this choice at one point or another. It is left to the reader to decide whether the choice they made was the right one.
Although I wrote is mainly as a work of fiction, every one of the short stories in this book was inspired by and based on a true event. I changed some of the detail to protect the identities of those involved. However, I did not want to sugarcoat it, so the main events, I wrote exactly the way it happened. Since I was a teacher in Mitchell’s Plain, the main characters in most of these stories are children. However, some of my colleagues also played a big role in my life during my time as a teacher, so in a few cases I also tried to relate their experiences, as well as my own, as well as I could.
What do others say about Children of the Flats?
Humbling and uplifting – William Nowers
Elmarié, I haven’t finished reading your book yet, but think so far you have done a great job with it. I was thinking as I was reading that the author has done a great job (you) as I had to just keep reading to the next chapter. Under a different style of writing I think I would have lost interest. I felt like I was there with the stories. My heart was going out to some of the people in the book. Well Done – Sue Azzopardi
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