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"Don't stop me now!" Rhodesian Forces, film/TV production manager, director, script writer, author, editor, publisher, blue-water sailor, and general all-round bush-baby (still wide-eyed, after all these years). Anchored and free!

Background Information

My influences? Everything in my short intro, and much more! Really, it's impossible to say what single thing in particular has influenced my writing. Born in Africa, one of my very earliest memories is of camping in the bush, and in the middle of the night a leopard snatching a woman from her tent - it was one of the guides' wives, I remember that clearly despite being only two years old. I remember the screams and the chaos, and that the woman died. I have loved and loathed Africa, in myriad ways, ever since.

My mother read to me even before I was born, and another clear memory is from the ripe old age of 3. A missionary priest gave me a birthday gift - a children's version of "The Count of Monte Christo", by Dumas. It became my most treasured possession; I thought it the most beautful thing in the world, and there and then, barely out of toddlerhood, I knew that one day I wanted to "make books". I kept that book right through my life, through moving around all over Central and Southern Africa (11 schools, 37 homes!), until just a few years ago, when we sold and gave away everything we had to go sailing. Even then, I almost kept it ...

At age 4, the local village school had to let me in a year early - I kept reappearing on their doorstep, desperate to stay, and could read better than their older kids. At 8 I was reading "Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare" to my restless siblings. From Brer Fox and Aesop's Fables to the Brontes and Jane Austin, and pretty much everything in between - I read anything I could lay my hands on. I'm the kid with the torch under my midnight blankets ... and in the treehouse while everyone else was partying ... in the library till after closing time till they had to shoo me out ... yes, glasses and all.

I've fought in a bush war (Rhodesia/Zimbabwe), camped beside hippos, hunted crocodile (yes, just one!), had mad adventures on (and off) film and television sets, sat on boards for script writing associations, governmental regulating committees and Child Welfare; dragged up two children and a husband (who all turned out amazingly well in spite of me), done youth and women's and music ministry, sailed in the Indian Ocean islands and the east coast of Africa, ridden motorbikes across Southern Africa ...

And here I am now, half a century behind me, and just as crazy about books and writing as I always was. I've done a variety of work in television/film production, as well as writing for TV, radio, film and multimedia, and print; teaching, mentoring, developing new writers, giving workshops ... and finally the dreams of that 3-year-old child are coming true, as I now have my own little publishing company - Sunpenny Publishing. At last, I "make books"!

50 years gone, 50 more to go. Life looks good!


Birth Place
Mufulira,  Northern Rhodesia

Oh, goodness! Must I? ... Throughout my child/teenhood I won various writing awards at school, at Eisteddfods, etc. The productions of my scripts have won a couple of accolades including a "Star Tonight!" award for best drama series. But that's all back in Africa. Here in the UK, I have a new page, a blank page, ahead of me. Here I come!

Additional Information

My novel, "Dance of Eagles", is (they tell me) very good - it's on the Sunpenny web site; check it out! I'm working on several other projects, but all in between publishing other peoples' work, and running writing competitions. In fact, I'm actually too busy to be writing this! :-)

Contact Information
Sunpenny Publishing
Church Cottage North Ferry Road
Carleton St Peter, United Kingdom  NR14 7BD   United Kingdom
Contact Author: Jo Holloway
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Sunpenny Publishing
Small publishing company, developing new talent in writing we love.

Dance of Eagles
An explosive adventure-thriller set in 14th-century Africa, and in the 1970's bush war of Rhodesia-Zimbabwe. Powerful characters who shaped their worlds: Tcana, daughter of a cattleherd, wife of a prince, high priestess of a new religion that will rip apart the ancient city of Tsimbaboue. American TV journalist Rebecca Rawlings, caught up centuries later in the remnants of Tcana's faith and a violent war of attrition. Peter Kennedy, commander of the famed Selous Scouts. His friend and right-hand man, Kuru. And Kuru's brother, Mandhla, trained as a top flight freedom fighter by the Russians. In this gripping tale of love and retribution, Mandhla stalks the woman he sees as the key to his revenge, just as surely as Peter and Kuru stalk the man known only to them by his nom-de-guerre: the Mamba. "An unusual book in that it attracts the same applause from both men and women." "The author's own intimate knowledge of Rhodesia makes this a powerful, fascinating read. The narrative is fast-paced and crisply told. The author writes with clarity and style. Above all, her novel melds many universal themes-love, hatred, religion, fear and rebellion-into one insightful, compulsive narrative." - BookWire "The author interweaves multiple, strong, leading characters and two completely different time frames masterfully. Reminds me of some of the great works of Wilbur Smith. This book certainly ranks with some of the best that I have reviewed to date... Romance, adventure, suspense, ancient tribal history and modern day action-this book has it all!" - Lillian Brummet, Book Ideas "... offers great insight into the hearts of people on all sides of the Rhodesian war. I especially liked the historical aspect and portrayal of the ancient city. Tcana's story is poignant, and the author pulls no punches. The characters are finely drawn and the story becomes compulsive reading." - Lucy McCarraher, Blood & Water, The Book of Balanced Living

Blue-water Sailing
Our boat's web site. Ignore the pathetic attempts to sell in part or whole; it'll never happen. Ask the poor people who dared to enquire! We'd rather eat paper. :-)

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