Denice was born in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and grew up during the Rhodesian Bush War years, In 1982, she moved to South Africa, where her checkered career included working as Lecturer, Librarian, Personal Administrator, Book Keeper, English Teacher and School Librarian. She and her husband, Ron, moved to the UK in 2003.
Deniceâ€™s main passions are for writing, and her four furry tyrants: a pedigree Somaliâ€”Raider, Terri the Bengal and two moggy babies KC and Sooty. Her interests are wide ranging, from crafts such as Cake Decorating & Sugarcraft, cooking & entertaining, sewing, tapestry, hiking, Her reading tastes are varied and eclectic.
Denice has a Bachelors degree majoring in English, Psychology and Library Science, and a second degree in Theology, and an Msc in Library and Information Science. She has completed several writing courses, as well as vocational courses, including counseling, First Aider, and has a teaching diploma.
Denice has traveled extensively in Africa, particularly in Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, and the island of Zanzibar. She believes that wide ranging experiences and interests are invaluable for any writer.
Her writing reflects her wide range of interests. She has written articles for local newspapers and journals. She has had several short stories published in print and online, including in anthologies on sale with Amazon. She has written a novel and childrenâ€™s books, which she is submitting for publication.
Denice Penrose in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1986 South Africa
What do you love about short stories?Short stories are a challenge: you have to choose your words carefully to tell the story within the wordcount. They are a fabulous capsule story.
Do you write in other forms?Novels and children's stories
What distracts you from writing?my day job!
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Reading; cats; cooking; cake decorating and hand crafts
What is your favourite book?The poisonwood bible
Who are your favourite writers?Terry Pratchett, Barbara Kingsolver and PG Wodehouse
Where is your dream location?any desert island
What one item would you put into Room 101?anything that slows me down
Do you have any advice for new writers?Don't ever give up - even the greatest authors have faced multiple rejections
Work by Denice Penrose:
'Nancy liked the idea of listing the qualities she wanted in a man.' 'Desperate times called for desperate measures, so maybe it was time to try internet dating.' Single at twenty five, and without a man in her life, Nancy is persuaded by a friend to try internet dating. She makes a list of all the things she wants in a man for the website, and arranges a date with Neil, who ticks all the boxes. But Neil stands her up because of a family emergency, and Nancy meets Tom, who doesnâ€™t tick any of the boxes,
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