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Welcome to Carmen-Shea!

This is the website for Carmen-Shea Hepburn: writer; in wanderlust.

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

My current project is The Amanzimtoti Series: a young adult, lgbt+, coming of age story set in South Africa. The series deals with the struggles of accepting a sexual orientation you’ve spent your whole life believing was wrong.

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Amanzimtoti Sequel Out April 11th!


Amanzimtoti: Inyoni Rocks is now available
worldwide from Amazon!


After a bleak winter break alternately spent between the snowy mountaintops of the Drakensberg and a self-imposed exile upon his return to Amanzimtoti, Wayne du Preez finds himself commencing his third term at Toti High with something akin to dread as the tangled web of secrets and lies he’s been spinning since the start of matric steadily begin to unravel.

With Kyle still circling him, and Jessica demanding answers, it’s finally left to Travis to offer his best friend an untimatum that will set the course for the rest of the school year, and indeed, the rest of their lives:

“You tell her. Everything. You tell her now, or I will.”



Haven’t read the first book in the series yet?
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