Welcome to Carmen-Shea!

This is the website for Carmen-Shea Hepburn: writer & traveller.

Here you’ll find information on my current writing projects, novel release information, as well as news relating to my ongoing backpacking adventures!

On Writing;

Covers - Toti (10)

Book One: The Ridge

My debut novel “Amanzimtoti: The Ridge” is now available worldwide through Amazon Kindle!

Amanzimtoti: The Ridge is the first book in the Amanzimtoti series, and follows Wayne du Preez as he starts his matric. Completing his final year of high school won’t be his only problem however when a boy from his childhood makes a surprise reappearance in small town Toti, throwing Wayne’s picket-fence dreams with girlfriend Jess into a tailspin and forcing him to deal with a part of himself he’s been denying ever since he shared his first kiss with Kyle way back when…

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Or, check out The Amanzimtoti Series page for more information, freebies & extras, and book two news!

On Travelling;

As of July 2016, I’m currently back in the UK! Precisely, I have settled in Cardiff, Wales for the duration of 2016 with no set plans as to what my travel plans will be come the new year (though I do already have a return ticked to Australia booked for February sooooo….).

In November 2016 I will be making a trip home to South Africa, specifically to Amanzimtoti- which is exciting for a variety of reasons but mostly because I’ll a) get to see all my family for the first time in about five years, and b) I’ll be able to get some ‘work’ done in regards to my novel series of the same name. I’ve got some exciting goodies and giveaways planned upon my return at the end of November so you might want to think about subscribing to be one of the first to hear about that!


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