Desiree-Anne Martinis creating word magic.
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Passionate About Poetry.
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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.
In June 2020, my piece about my awkward journey towards feminism 'No One Tells You.' was published in an anthology entitled 'Living While Feminist', published by Kwela Books/ NB Publishers.
In July 2020, I won the arts24 Kwela Corona Fiction Competition - a national writing competition with over 1200 entrants - with my short story 'Delirium' about a young gil from an impoverished community dealing with her father's alcoholism during the COVID Lockdown.
The reality is that the pandemic has hit creatives hard in the gut and the groin. In between my work as counsellor, raising two amazing daughters and being an equally amazing wife, studying, mentoring students, public speaking to highlight the need to destigmatize topics such as addiction, abuse, trauma and mental health issues, being an active member of two non-profit organisations who foster healing though creativity and aim to uplift and empower women, and being a part-time warrior myself, there is simply no time, opportunity or money to pursue my deepest passion: writing.
I would now, with your help, like to commence work on my second book. I need the financial support to carve out the time to focus on this project which is brewing, ruminating, gestating within. The words are coursing through my veins, sitting within me on a cellular level, waiting to burst into literary existence.
As with my memoir, my immovable truth must be written. And with your invaluable assistance, the truth will be written.
I will also be able to do a second print-run of 'believe more deeply', my beloved poetry book.