THE LAST WORD…
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 e.tv 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
P amela shared the news tha t her novel was optioned for TV on Instagram