The Next Big Thing: Robin Winckel

I tagged Robin Winckel (A Lioness at My Heels) in my The Next Big Thing interview: The Weather Report.

Read Robin’s interview below to find out more about her and her writing:

What is your working title of your book?

‘At My Fingertips’

Where did the idea come from for the book?

We’ve been spending some time in the area of the Agulhas Plains. Conservation projects and developments have been inspiring. Farmers are bringing back the animals that disappeared over a century ago. It’s fascinating to see buffalo and hippos thriving on the plains once more. I’ve found quite a bit of poetic inspiration in the landscape, the people and the animals. It was not difficult to find interesting ideas.

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

There are more animals than people featured in the collection so I guess a Cape buffalo and a hippo! A Khoisan woman features in a long poem. I would choose Kristin Scott Thomas to play a romantic adventure located in a remote lighthouse.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Look at the awesome natural beauty around us!

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m hoping Colleen Higgs – Hands On Books will be interested in representing me as she did with my first collection ‘’A Lioness at My Heels”.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’ve not finished the first draft but hope to round things off certainly before the end of the year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’ve been reading Africa! My Africa – the anthology of poems selected by Patricia Schonstein. So many wonderful poets have been included: Ingrid Jonker, Gabeba Baderoon, Steven Watson and so many others, including Colleen Higgs. They all write about their Africa. Hopefully my poems also capture some of the magic of this African continent.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve lived in the Netherlands for many years and missed South Africa terribly. I was born in the Bredasdorp area so having a holiday cottage here has been like coming home. This has really been my inspiration: the natural beauty of the environment and the need to conserve it. I know much has been written about climate change etc. but I’m hoping to give another perspective and a new freshness, with some humour.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The Agulhas plains area is probably not very well known. I’m hoping to bring the people and the area to life in poetry.