About Carmen-Shea;

Carmen-Shea is a half-South African, half-Scottish hybrid with the confused accent to go with it.

A child of two countries, she’s never quite been able to settle in one place for very long. She has since returned to the UK after spending two-and-a-half years backpacking her way around Australia, and the gorgeous Middle Earth (that’s New Zealand for the uninitiated!).

She’s been a writer from the moment she first learnt to hold a crayon, but it wasn’t until the release of her debut novel Amanzimtoti: The Ridge in March 2016, that she finally felt like an author.

When she’s not travelling, she likes to write stories about LGBTQIA+ characters. Though she’s a huge fan of angst and drama, she does believe in happily-ever-afters too… she just likes to make her characters work for it first!

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Set in Amanzimtoti, South Africa, The Ridge is a young adult, coming of age story that deals with a young man’s struggle to accept a sexual orientation he’s spent his whole life believing was wrong.

It follows Wayne du Preez as he commences his matric year at Toti High, only to find that his picket-fence dreams with girlfriend Jess are thrown into a tailspin by the return of a boy from his past, forcing Wayne to deal with a part of himself he’s been denying ever since he shared his first kiss with Kyle way back when…

You can find out more about this series at The Amanzimtoti Series page, including excerpts, sequel information, the glossary of slang, and much more.

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Carmen

    Can’t wait to read your book. I have been living in Toti for 34 years and will be interesting seeing you bring our town to life through words

    Good luck!

    Best regards

    1. Thanks so much, Megan!

      I hope I do it justice, though my memories of Toti are mostly coming from when I lived there up till age 10! It’s always been home however, and it’s been a pleasure getting to write about the places I remember so vividly.

      I hope you enjoy it, it should be released within the next couple of months!

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