The more you do it, the better you become. There is nothing that improves your writing more than just sitting down and doing it.
And read, read, read. See what is happening in the genre you plan to write in. Study and analyze what the really good authors are doing, and how they are doing it.
Oh, and to quote my friend Michael Ridpath: Have fun.
What does Deon read?
I read everything - from J.M. Coetzee to William Gibson, Michael Connelly, Robert Harris, Ian Rankin, Lee Child, Michael Ridpath, John Sandford, George P. Pelecanos, Douglas Kennedy, Mark Bowden, Anthony Beavor, to name but a few ...
And the great masters: John D. MacDonald, Ed McBain, John le Carré, Frederick Forsyth, Ted Allbeury, Robert B. Parker ...
I can't get enough of Stephen Pinker, love biographies, history, science and travel writing. And I'm a news junky.
Will he write my story?
Deon says making up his own stories is too much fun. So thanks, but no, thanks.
Will he read my work?
Unfortunately, he gets so many similar requests that he simply can't.
The photographs were taken in and around Loxton in the Upper Karoo region of South Africa, where Deon has a weekend retreat (and his character Lemmer has a home), as well as Stellenbosch, and Cape Town. (If you want to know more about Loxton, visit the town's page.)
We will be updating the page regularly with new photos ...