Zaheera Walker was born in Durban, South Africa. She studied Journalism at DUT and began her in-service training at a mainstream daily newspaper. During this time she was exposed to the court and crime reporting; the general news and human interest beats. Her creative imagination saw a story in every situation and this encouraged her to pen her debut novel Deadline. Even though the story is classified as fiction, Zaheera aims to use it to encourage people to follow their dreams and aspire to be the best they can be.
Today Zaheera lives in Johannesburg and works at the Joburg Property Company. She has a BA Communication Science and enjoys reading South African-enriched stories. She is working on her second novel due for release in 2017.
Zaheera can be found on Twitter as @ZaheeraWalker. She can also be found here:
Why do you write?
Writing is therapeutic and inexpensive. It allows to me explore my wild and creative imagination. I write because I love it and through writing I am finding myself.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on my second novel which I hope to publish early in 2017. This is a new genre I am venturing into and I don’t want to say too much just yet.
From where did you draw your inspiration to write your latest book?
I met a very interesting person while on holiday in my home town. He was pure magic and there was so much more I wanted to know about him. And what do you know…my imagination ran away with me and I started thinking what if he was a serial killer, an abuser, a drug addict or a plain old romantic soul and voila I started writing.
Which writers had the most influence on your decision to write?
South African writers are very close to my heart. I admire those who write about real situations in a fictitious way. Two women who come to mind are ZP Dala who wrote What about Meera and Ashleigh Giannacarro who wrote Cirque Act 1.
What was the last book you read?
Come Back To Me by Tamsyn Bester (also a South African author).
Do you suffer from writers’ block?
There is no such thing as writer’s block. I think some of us use the term to cover up for our laziness.
Biggest frustration as a self-published author?
Getting people to notice you is very hard. To become published is such an achievement but then the battle starts trying to get your book launched or to get it on the shelves of reputable book stores..but passion rules my game and I will not lose hope.
Reviews for books are vital. Any tips on getting more reviews?
In the beginning it helps do a book give-away on radio, Goodreads is also an excellent platform. Network and find out who does reviews.
Do you use social media? If so, do you like using it?
I practically live on social media. I can be found on Instagram; Twitter and Facebook. I blog on WordPress as well. These platforms help me to find and interact with other writers and readers.
Who is your biggest fan?
My biggest fan is Deborah du Plooy, she manages SKOOBs Theatre of Books at the Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg. She was the first woman who gave my book space on the shelf.
Many people have a bucket list. What is #1 on yours?
I want to abseil off Table Mountain in Cape Town..hopefully in 2017.
Any special message for your readers?
There is a story in each one of us. When will you sit down and write your heart story?
Thank you Zaheera and please send me a photo of the abseil!
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Deadline by Zaheera Walker can be found here on Amazon, just click the link below:
Feriyal Adam was raised in a poor home but her dreams are rich. When her editor tells her she is no longer needed in the newsroom, she finds herself cast into a cruel, wicked world. Then her cancer-stricken mother dies and all hopes of love, home and family seem futile. She has to do whatever it takes to cling onto her reporter’s dream. Women are being murdered and a curtain of fear falls on the community. Feriyal must do her utmost to help. She goes against the grain and falls into the serial killer’s lair. Time is running out and she can’t afford to miss the deadline. Not this time! Will Feriyal’s courage and spirit be strong enough to help her escape from the killer’s clutches? And what will await her at the end of the dark, dangerous trip back home?
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