Pamela Power

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I have a healthy read­ing habit, which started as a child. I still re­mem­ber the ex­cite­ment I felt when I read my first book on my own. I would visit the li­brary once a week and take out six books at a time, fin­ish­ing all of them be­fore the week­end. I know that my love for read­ing played a big part in me want­ing to study drama. At var­sity there was no money in the drama de­part­ment to pay for per­for­mance rights, so we started writ­ing our own plays. And that was when I re­alised that writ­ing could pos­si­bly be a ca­reer for me.

I met my hus­band, Paul, while I was dressed up as a dom­i­na­trix. We met in the Univer­sity of KZN drama de­part­ment. He was in his first year and I was in my third, and he spot­ted me at the fresher’s in­duc­tion where, for some rea­son that I can’t re­mem­ber, I chose to dress up as a dom­i­na­trix car­ry­ing a whip. My out­fit caught his eye and he de­cided I was the gal for him. We’ve been to­gether for 30 years. I knew noth­ing about writ­ing for TV when I started at Gen­er­a­tions

15 years ago. Now I’m the script ed­i­tor for the soapie Im­bewu

– The Seed, which is a co-pro­duc­tion be­tween Duma Ndlovu, Anant Singh and Leleti Khu­malo. It’s hard work and we spend a great deal of time rewrit­ing sto­ries, try­ing to get things per­fect. Writ­ing for some of SA’s most-loved soapies is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity that I have never taken for granted.

Af­ter my fam­ily had a bad ex­pe­ri­ence at a B&B, my hus­band and I de­cided to open our own. We bought three prop­er­ties in Melville, which we turned into a 14-room guest­house. Ren­o­vat­ing and decorating the house, as well as de­sign­ing the web­site, was the best part of it. I loathed the ac­tual run­ning of the busi­ness as guests would phone at un­godly hours to make re­quests. Af­ter eight years

I was thrilled to fi­nally get rid of it.

It’s been im­mensely ex­cit­ing to have one of my books turned into a TV drama se­ries. Diprente Films con­tacted me ear­lier this year to say they had read my psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller Things Un­seen (Clock­work Books) and loved it. When I met with them, we agreed the book could be turned into an eight- episode drama se­ries. I’ll be in­volved in writ­ing the scripts and will have a lot of creative con­trol. Watch this space…

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My love for read­ing played a part in want­ing to study drama

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