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Birgit Bottner

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Johannesburg, South Africa

I was born in Germany, went to school and university there, worked as a translator in the pharmaceutical industry and then went with my -then- fiance to Botswana where I worked as a PA and language teacher. I've been living in South Africa for 18 years now , was a computer consultant & trainer mainly for desktop publishing and graphics and founded my own training company.
I joined the rat race, served on a number of high-profile business committees and opted out in favour of my husband and two children and began writing youth fiction/fantasy 5 years ago.
The focus of the 'Remember the Future' series is adventures in prehistory, exploring lost civilizations by means of time travel.I used actual research material on prehistory and lost civilizations from a great number of ancient and modern sources to make my books believable.
"Children of the Moon", the first novel in the series, was extremely well-received by tough test-readers and published twice in South Africa. It's on, but the distribution is tiny.
Graham Hancock, the author of 'Fingerprints of the Gods', has published a profile and small excerpt from the book on his official website and I get support from my mentor in London, a best-selling author and filmscript wrier.
My current publisher couldn't finance the re-print of 25,000 copies, so I haven't made money yet. The market in South Africa is so small, especially for fiction.
Agents and publishers in London seem quite interested and had a lot of good things to say about my writing and sales prospects, but shy away from representing youth fantasy authors, because the British market is apparently flooded with this genre.
I was advised to try and find a US agent, so I'm here and just beginning to search. Judging the situation by the interest Ive so far received, I decided not to give up and take this step now.
A friend told me that if you have a big dream, you'll encounter big challenges.
Wish me luck.
I've also started a new book project: an adult chick lit/mystery novel loosely based on my life in Botswana, because that's what the current market demands. It's making great progress and I'll start offering the manuscript at the beginning of 2009.

Interests: Lost civilizations, different cultures and languages, family, art, teaching, music

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:

Children's Literature

  • Children of the Moon