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- ... masterfully crafted.

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Novel becomes TV Series

Dead Before Dying filmed in Cape Town

An international cast and crew has assembled in Cape Town to start production of a TV series based on Dead Before Dying (Afrikaans title FENIKS), produced by Germany's All-In-Productions.

Filming started on 16 March on location in Cape Town.

Brilliant Norwegian actor Trond Espen Seim (see photo) will play protagonist Mat Joubert. Resident Evil star Boris Kodjoe (see photo) is in the role of Sanct Snook. The series will be directed by Hungarian born Peter Ladkani.

Other international cast members include Germany's Axel Milberg, Poland's Marcin Dorocinski, and Russian-born Isolda Dychauk.

South African actors include Arnold Vosloo, Colin Moss, David Butler, Johnny Pienaar, Bart Fouche, Andre Jacobs, Alex McGregor, Danny Keogh, A.J. van der Merwe, Deon Lotz, Treasure Tshabalala, Susan Danford, Kim Syster, Michelle Scott, Marion Holm, Brendon Daniels, Crystal Donna Roberts, and Graham Clarke.

The series is executive produced by Annette Reeker.

"I am deeply honoured, and very excited," says Deon.

  • Details about the broadcast dates and countries are not available at present. Watch this space!
  • How can I get my book signed?

    There are two options:

    Attend a signing, or order a signed copy from Off the Shelf, the popular bookshop in Durbanville.

    Where can I buy Deon's books?

    From all the usual Internet book dealers (like Apple's iBook store, Amazon or the Afrikaans books at Kalahari).
  • Advice for writers

    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.

    In what order should I read his books?

    It is more fun to read them in the order they were written, but it's not essential.

Explore the world of the books

Want to see what the settings of the books look like? Deon took these photos and videos while researching:

12 Desktop Wallpapers

After posting some of his photographs on Twitter and Facebook, Deon received numerous requests from readers to download the pix for use as desktop wallpapers.

He promised to make them available, so here they are.

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 ...