Desiree-Anne Martin

is creating word magic.




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About Desiree-Anne Martin

I love words. i live within words. I chew and digest words. I dream in and of words. And I write words. I love language and communication because it creates indescribable connection. 

I am a blogger of poetry and short stories and in April 2018, I self-published a beautiful poetry book/ journal, entitled 'believe more deeply'. It contains my original poetry interspersed with space for the reader to journal, write love letters, hate mail, make paper aeroplanes or create what I call "heart scribblings". 

In July 2018, I was privileged to have a short story entitled 'Orange, White & Blue' about racial identification published in the Life Righting Collective's brilliant anthology, 'This is how it is.' (Jacana).

I also published my debut novel, my memoir, 'We Don't Talk About It. Ever.' in August 2018 (MFBooksJhb/ Jacana), which has been described as "searing, brutal and breathtaking" and tackles issues such as racial identity as a young coloured girl growing up in apartheid South Africa, abuse, dysfunctional families, the legacy of family secrets and lies, trauma, addiction, mental health concerns and the struggles within recovery. It is ultimately, a story of hope and redemption, which I felt compelled to write to break the painful inter-generational pattern and also with the hope that it would resonate with someone on some level. 

My piece 'No One Tells You.' has been accepted for publication in an anthology entitled 'Living While Feminist', which will be published by Kwela Books/ NB Publishers in 2020.

I would now, with your help, like to commence work on my second book. As a full-time wife, mother, postgraduate university student, poet, addictions counsellor in private practice, inspirational speaker, and part-time warrior woman, I need the financial support to carve out the time to focus on this project which is brewing, ruminating, gestating within.

As with my memoir, my immovable truth must be spoken. And with your invaluable assistance, the truth will be spoken.
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Believe More Deeply.
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Patrons who pledge at this tier will have access to a poem from 'believe more deeply' posted exclusively for them. 

Passionate About Poetry.
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Patrons who pledge at this tier will have exclusive access to an original, new poem and will be allowed to send a prompt to become a part of the creative process.

Behind The Book.
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Patrons who contribute at this tier will have exclusive access to selected extracts of drafts and works-in-progress of the manuscript, as it unfolds.

My Truth.
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Patrons who generously contribute at this tier will receive an inscribed copy of my debut memoir, We Don't Talk About It. Ever., including postage/ delivery. 

What's In A Name?
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Patrons who contribute at this tier will have a character in the book named after them, in some form that they are comfortable with, which we will collaborate on. 

Take A Bow.
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If your generosity leads you to supporting this tier, you will be thanked in the 'Acknowledgements' section of the published book. And also all over multiple social media platforms. Because eternal, indelible gratitude.

The Bestseller.
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If you choose to support my writing journey at this tier, you will have unlock all of the benefits:

- existing poetry

- original poems

- drafts of my work-in-progress

- an inscribed copy of my debut memoir

- your name as a character in my new work

- acknowledgement in the published work and on social media

- and a copy of my poetry book should I achieve my goal and do a second print-run

- Audio files of poetry and short stories read by the author

- Skype video chats about the process, the person and the purpose

All of it. Because you are that awesome!

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When I reach this goal, I will have the financial flexibility to be able to create much-need space in my life to focus more on attending writing courses, perfecting my craft and birthing my book. 

I will also be able to do a second print-run of 'believe more deeply', my beloved poetry book.
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