Amos van der Merwe

Writer in Mossel Bay, Western Cape

Amos van der Merwe

Writer in Mossel Bay, Western Cape

Writing has always been there, lurking in the background and forcing me back to the keyboard. Initially (like all addictions) I thought I could control it by writing a column for Runner's World. Then came the travelling articles for Leisure Wheels. By that time I should have known I wouldn't be able to kick the habit.
Choosing to retire at a relatively early age from my Urological practice to feed my addiction, I wrote Facing Surgery With Christ, published by Tate in the USA. In the book I addressed the anxiety of patients with life-threatening diseases. Why? During my time as cancer surgeon I found that doctors don't tell patients what they need to hear. If somebody tells you that you are going to die, you need something to hold on, at least. It is useless to get lost in medical jargon; you need a realistic and sympathetic approach you can understand. The feedback on Facing Surgery convinced me to keep on writing.
The opportunity arose to explore the personality of one of our extremist politicians and with it the challenge to see if a moderate thinker (like me) could understand the radical mind of Eugene Terre'Blanche. The result was a memoir/biography that was completed a short time before his murder. This book appeared in Afrikaans and was later translated into English.
So, here I am: lost in the world of words and stories. My hobby has become a passion. With two more manuscripts at the publishers, I have decided to explore the horizon set by Amazon and Kindle. With the expert help e-Books for Africa provides, Imagine:Africa! is now available. The text was thoroughly edited to ensure easy reading.
In April 2013 EFA published 65 Shades of Guilt, a moving story of an older bachelor and a young woman. Although it may seem like an erotic adventure, the blade cuts much deeper than that.

Now, with SHIMMERstate exploring the phenomenon of near-death-experiences available as e-book, Amos is working on a sequal.

Rolbos, a collection of short stories followed, after which the biography of Randall Wicomb (Kleur, my lewe, my lied) was published by Naledi.

  • Work
    • Private
  • Education
    • Hoërskool Piet Potgieter
    • University of Pretoria