Entries by Richard Gradner


Settling into Jozi nicely by ending my busy day with a 90min Forrest yoga class. Forrest Yoga is so named after Ana Forrest, an advanced (almost 40 years experience) yoga instructor from the U.S. I trained with Mel at Yoga Warrior. Mel is one of my favourite instructors. She takes the class on a beautiful […]

City of Gold

I’m in Jozi town for a couple of days where I hope to finally finish my novel. I’m now at 97,000 words which is roughly 280 pages of a standard book. My target has always been 100,000 words and it’s uncanny how I have managed to come so close to this number (my guess is […]


I went to The Book Lounge yesterday, a quaint little independent bookstore in Roeland Street, Cape Town (cnr Buitenkant) for Lauren Beukes’ launch of her latest novel Broken Monsters. Here is a synopsis from her website: Detective Gabi Versado has hunted down many monsters during her eight years in Homicide. She’s seen stupidity, corruption and just plain badness. But […]

Hook and Pitch

Spent most of last night working on refining my hook and pitch. The hook is a short sentence of no more than 25 to 30 words that entices the reader into the story. The pitch is a longer piece that summarises the story from the main character’s point of view, revealing his challenges and objectives… […]


I have just uploaded the first 20 chapters to a site called Authonomy. It is a site for new (mostly unpublished) authors to test their manuscripts, get feedback, comments, tips, meet fellow authors etc. Take a look if you wish…