Welcome to Author Judy Croome.
Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her short stories ‘Born Beneath a Balsamic Moon’ and ‘Heroes Day’ have been published in ITCH magazine. Other short fiction and poetry appeared in “Notes from Underground Anthology.” She was recently shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition and has independently published her novel “Dancing in the Shadows of Love.”
1. One food you would never eat?
Lentils will not pass my lips. As I’m a vegetarian this creates problems as so many vegetarian dishes use lentils.
2. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
If you’ve ever felt helpless about the cruelty in the world around you, read “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” to find out how ordinary people can make a difference.
3. If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Kheiron (or Chiron.) He was actually a Centaur, but was also an immortal god, son of the Titan Kronos and half-brother of Zeus. Why? Because he was intelligent, civilized and kind.
4. What is your favorite Quote?
I have a box full of favourite quotes, and I’m always adding to it. But the one I currently have stuck on my laptop is from “The Young Writer with a Carnation” by Isak Dinesen:
“Come,” says the Lord. ‘I will make a covenant between me and you. I, I will not measure you out any more distress than you need to write your books…but you are to write the books. For it is I who want them written. Not the public, not by any means the critics, but Me. Me!”
“Can I be certain of that?” asks the young writer Charlie.
“Not always,” says the Lord.”
This quote entirely captures the uncertainty I feel when I’m about to start writing a new story.
5. What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don’t complain, don’t explain.
6. Hidden talent?
Endurance, which is a much underestimated talent in today’s world where the need for instant gratification is second nature to many people.
7. How do you react to a bad review?
No matter how painful the review may be, I hope I react with grace and dignity and respect for another person’s opinion.
8. What do you do in your free time?
Free time? What’s that? Free time…ahahahaha!
9. If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“Pollyanna.” Oh wait! Eleanor Porter already wrote that book (and ten more). Well, then, perhaps, “Pollyanna Still Lives.”
10. What’s your favorite season/weather?
Spring. The days get longer; warmth seeps into the bones and everything bursts with new life and future possibilities.
11. Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always wanted to write. There was always something in me that yearned to write, but I only found the courage to follow that voice just before I turned 40. Despite the hard inner journey that resulted from that decision, I’m now very glad I listened to that call.
12. Write a Haiku about your book.
I love haikus! Here goes:
Can three women, each
Find a divine love?
Dancing in the Shadows of Love
In the haunting “Dancing in the Shadows of Love,” three emotionally adrift women fight to heal their fractured worlds. Not everyone can be a hero. Or can they?
After a decade in prison for a murder she did not commit, Lulu begins a new life at the Court of St Jerome in the Old Sea City. An albino, abandoned as a young child at a Holding Camp for unwanted children, she has always been ostracised, for her difference to others makes her an easy victim of prejudice.
Once, she believed, she had a friend to love her. Then that friend betrayed her and Lulu learned that hate is safer than love. But, from Jamila to Granny Zahra, the people of St Jerome’s appear to accept her into their fold. Against a backdrop of never-ending war, the women of the court fight their personal demons: hatred, ambition and greed. As Lulu shares their victories and their losses, she learns to trust again, perhaps even to love.Nothing, however, is as it seems and Lulu discovers that love does not always wear the face of the one you yearn to call beloved.
Spiritual, but remarkably areligious and boldly atmospheric, buoyed by touches of magical realism, this compelling story explores the sacrifices people make in the pursuit of a love that transcends everyday existence. Lulu’s quest, and that of Jamila and Zahra too, is to find the divine love that will fulfil their hopes and save their souls…if they can recognise the masks of those who seek to lead them astray.To find out more about the book, visit Dancing in the Shadows of Love
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