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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;

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 2017, I have no fixed travel plans. After backpacking for the past two and a half years I’ve decided I want to focus more on my writing than my travels. That’s not to say I won’t be travelling, just that it’s unlikely to be as extended as it’s been so far! Either way, you can stay up to date by checking out the Wanderlust section of my blog!


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