About Anita

Hi there! I’m Anita.

I began my life in Johannesburg, in sunny South Africa, the eldest of three siblings. We grew up doing what most good South African children did in those days: we read copious amounts of books (no computer games or video streaming in those days…) we ran in the garden, swam, played sports, teased each other, and did our homework (most of the time…).

Upon finishing school I had to make a choice, to study to be an artist or an educator. I scratched my head rather a lot, ummed and ahhed and eventually chose the education route, going on to study at the University of the Witwatersrand. Many essays, exams and teaching pracs later I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education. I started working as a teacher and also finished an Honours Degree in Psychology.

I taught for many years in primary schools in South Africa and the UK, surrounded by those creative, spontaneous beings we call children. It was in the classroom that I thought of all the ideas I would later turn into children’s books, thanks to my pupils who shared their lives and their stories with me.

After teaching, I moved into the world of media, working as a copy editor and features writer for a prominent teenage girls’ magazine in Johannesburg.

When I became a mother many years later, my beautifully creative and inspirational daughter added to this delightful blend of ideas that were swimming in my head and I decided that it was time to give it a go and see if I could actually put these thoughts on paper.

I was fortunate that after many years of writing, submitting manuscripts and making changes, I met the dynamic Digital Leaf team who were interested in publishing my books. And the rest is history, as they say!