About Ronell Groenewald
I started writing from an early age. My love for writing was inspired by my love for reading. I love reading. I remember my walks with my dad, as we sauntered off to the nearest library for our weekly dose of fun between the pages. Plainly, I read because I saw my dad read. I am passionate about reading and always encourage my children to read, I believe reading is what makes one grow. My love for reading developed into a love for writing. As my character developed through the years, I found it interesting to know how words are shaped and used in a sentence, I wanted to form the magical world of writing, for myself - and I did.
I found that in writing, one can create most anything. I love imagination, I love putting it down on paper, and that makes me write from the core of my being. We live in a very beautiful city, in Cape Town South Africa. During the summer season, our beaches are packed, and everyone who is anyone, gets out to the beach to grab a piece of the sun. In autumn our wind picks up and we are called the city of Storms! Nevertheless, we love our city, windy or not.
The heart of Cape Town is rich and warm, and you can feel it in the emotion and presence of good people who often walk the streets, I love walking in the city, you get to meet so many people of different backgrounds and culture.
My favorite holiday destination is The Bahamas, although I've never been there, I am envisioning myself to be there shortly. I love playing with my children, and through playing with them, I get to know them. I encourage all parents to spend time with their children - children are the Kingdom of Heaven, and it is true! I love seeing children happy, and I love entertaining them, therefore my children have inspired me to write a series of children's books.
About the book
When life affords you a second chance…
Courtrai Hamilton was born with a deformation, her one leg is visibly shorter than the other. Her mother openly loathes and mocks her. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, Courtrai has to face her mother’s molesting boyfriend, Glitz. A relationship which transpired out of her mothers’ insecurities and so-called inability to take care of them financially. Courtrai has one trusting friend she knows she can confide in, but the shame of the abuse, keeps her from disclosing all of the information to her neighbouring best friend, Billy. Would she really have the heart to reveal all of her darkest secrets to Billy? And would she be able to escape from the grasping claws of her abuser?
There is a considerable amount of guidance from her dreams, urging her to move towards sanity and freedom. Just as Courtrai decides to deal with her situation, and when she thinks all has been lost and although it feels as if she would never be able to move on – she receives a letter written by her grandmother, a woman she never knew. Courtrai’s life changes drastically. What once was dull and gloomy changes into radiance of light and hope, as Courtrai embarks on a journey to meet the family of her deceased father, a family she thought had long forgotten her existence, life magnificently starts to unfold.