There is a Chinese proverb that goes, ‘He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question is a fool forever.’ This was foremost in her mind as Cristy Zinn wrote The Dreamer’s Tears, the story about a girl whose curiosity upends her life and becomes her greatest strength when she has to protect her town.
Cristy’s curiosity which led her to study a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Drama, at UKZN in the mid-90’s. Soon after earning her degree Cristy and her husband moved to Cape Town where Cristy took the train into town for her teaching job. It was on those train rides that Cristy devoured fantasy and science-fiction novels and wondered if she could write some herself.
|Author - Cristy Zinn|
When her husband was transferred back to Durban, Cristy was working from home, with two kids in tow, she decided she wanted to try and write a novel. Eight years, a few ‘practice’ novels and one published short story later, Cristy landed her first publishing deal with Fox & Raven Publishers in Cape Town.
The Dreamer’s Tears is aimed at 10 – 14 year olds but will appeal to anyone who enjoys children’s fantasy. On her website (www.cristyzinn.com) Cristy quotes Madeline L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time) who says, “You have to write whatever book it is that wants to be written. And then, if it is too difficult for adults, you write it for children.” This is very much her perspective as she writes for children. Her book has been compared to the likes of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights and is sure to be an engaging, fantastical read.
Cristy heads up an initiative called Write Start, running creative writing workshops in local schools. She is passionate about encouraging and engaging with a new generation of South African writers and hopes this book will be yet another avenue that will allow her to speak into the lives of young writers.
If you would like to find out more about Cristy, her book or Write Start, you can find her at these online places.
Facebook: Cristy Zinn - Author
You can buy an eBook version of The Dreamer's Tears on Amazon. And a paperback copy from the Fox & Raven Emporium:
You can also ask for the book at your local bookstore!