“Differences make us precious, and don’t ever give up who you are. Stay strong even when you think all hope is gone, because the bad times are what make the good ones so much more meaningful. Remember, you are never alone, fear will be crippling, but love is what gives you wings.”
Within every page scripted, Carlyle Labuschagne has an underlying message.
I was blessed to have met Carlyle on one divine trip that I made for a book launch in South Africa, and trust me when I say that she is without a doubt, one of the most genuine, giving and beautiful souls any could meet.
Carlyle believes that her journey as a writer began the day she was born. “Yeah, being a writer, I feel you are born to it. It’s always in you, in everyone I guess. But as to when I actually started writing… I was 12 years old on a safari holiday with my parents. There was something about the bushveld life that ignited my imaginations and I had to share my point of view. Writing was my way to express what I felt. I went from poetry to song writing as a teenager, and then to story writing.”
Miss Labuschagne loves every part of the writing process. But she does tell me that if she had to pick one thing she disliked, then it would have to be that it takes so long. Carlyle has always used her stories as a healing tool, and loves that she can then share this with those who feel the same. Though beyond the healing, this beautiful author knows that to write a good story, you simply need to write what you would want to read. If you want action, drama, passion, more drama, adventure, more drama… then write it. Let your words flow.
“When an idea or story catches me, it flows then so effortless into a tale. The characters are suddenly there, and as I write they almost appear from that hidden place in my brain. They say things and do things, and sometimes more than often you have to think about what motivates them, and that gives more life to what he or she would say or do if I threw this crazy plot twist at them. Oh gosh, I swear that totally sounds insane, but it’s how it works for me!”
I asked Carlyle if there were anything in particular that caught her attention as a reader? She answered in smile, “Everything, That’s like asking a painter what about life catches your attention. The colors of life, smells, reactions of people, love stories, passion and the experience of just being alive.”
Now be it that Carlyle has quite a few books now under her own wings, but her most recent release would be Dead of Night, a sci-fi love story.
The main heroine, Opel, is fearless. She was designed that way, but once she loses her memories and gets rescued by a handsome stranger, she starts to really feel the human side of her kick in. It almost strips her of her violent nature and in a way this makes her stronger. The one thing she holds onto is the way Aecker makes her feel, and all she wants is for him to feel the same – free.
Now Aecker has been a kick ass his entire life. He was born into leadership but he also got the human flaws from his mom. He loves, he heals, and he has faith in something that people no longer believe in. His mom was killed for her human flaws, and Aecker has always believed it was wrong, no matter how the world was now. When he meets Opel, a girl that should be his enemy, she ignites those feelings he has so long felt, but could never exercise. Choosing to show love in another has shunned him from his own people and from the government he rebels against. But Aecker is willing to die for love because he knows his and Opel’s story, no matter how tragic, will show the world that they can believe in love once more. “And in love – there is freedom” Carlyle exclaims.
So what plans has Ms Carlyle Labuschagne up her sleeve for the future?
“Where do I start? There are so many. I’ve started writing companion short novellas to accompany my Broken Novels. Absolution releases December, the second Dark Horse releases in March 2015. Dead of Night needs a sequel, and I have started a New Adult novella three part series on romantic crime, and my NaNoWriMo project took off. I will be querying agents in March. It’s an adult dark crime thriller!”
Most days Ms Labuschagne is happy to go with the flow. “I’m lucky to be in a position where I work from home and only have to see the office twice a week. The only constant in my life is the kids, homework, school and feeding them. Other than that I work on my books, marketing, my book festival and life.”
There are many defining moments in this remarkable woman’s life. She believes that we have many over time, but what generally gives Carlyle’s existence a good kick is feeling hurt or vulnerable.
With her ups and downs, her silly side, and the serious, and never really knowing what tomorrow will bring, Carlyle Labuschagne loves her life; but if she were to be in an ideal world, then none would ever go hungry or be scared.
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