Maretha Botha Author Spotlight

Scan0009Maretha Botha has an Italian background. She loves espresso, and she loves pasta- just with olive oil and a bit of grated cheese, or a tasty Pasta Vongole with a few clams, cheery tomatoes and olive oil-this is an easy dish when she is busy illustrating and stopping to cook a fancy meal for hubby, might destroy the image in her head.

However, when she hits a blank-either with illustrating or writing the next big adventure-gardening gives a welcome break, taking photos of what the garden has on offer or simply getting down and doing some digging. A variety of bulbs, especially blue bells are great inspires in Spring, and rose are in a class of their own!

She prefers writing for children between 9 and 14 years, but “even better readers in this age group still like to see a few pictures of their favorite character,” she says. With that in mind, here are a few illustrations from the fourth book in Fauna Park Tales, called “Trails and Trials: An African adventure, as well as a book description.Scan0016Four trails one destination, “Trails and Trials: An African Adventure”, “Fauna Park Tales” 4, is written from four different viewpoints, combining four smaller books into a complete book of 148 ages-each with its own title and subtitles, illustrations, descriptions and footnotes of foreign words-based on “African Adventures of Flame, Family, Furry and Feathered Friends”, a Harper Collins Authonomy Writers’ Website Gold Medal Winner.

Life continues to take strange turns for Flame, a working dog on a free-range cattle farm. He and three of his furry friends follow the trail of Tall Leader and his gang of poachers into the desert, after they kidnapped their beloved orphans and stole all the villagers’ cattle. To follow their enemies’ trail, the brave friends jump on and off trains, sleep under the stars, and find friends and foes while on their dangerous mission. Their loyal feathered friends-a martial eagle and a female eagle owl-are their scouts, helping them whenever they get lost, which is often. All the characters-both human, and furry and feathered-strive to reach the last waterhole at the Tukani River as soon as possible. Here, a cattle stampede, heroic deeds, finding long-lost family and solving secrets happen in quick succession.

“Hope’s Memories”-is a backstory summary of book three, “The Orphans’ Plight: An African Adventure” and gives the reasons why Flame and his friends are on this risky mission. Young and old will enjoy reading more about the African desert, how to survive its harsh climate and appreciate the importance of friendship, especially when facing difficult challenges.

Some illustrations below.





About mhembroff

I am the author of Bess's Magical Garden, a middle grade novel, The Mystery of the Hidden cabin which is the sequel to Bess's Magical Garden and picture book Gramma Mouse Tells a Story. I am the member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Writers Guild of Alberta. My series The Ghostly Encounters and other short stories can be found on, listed in the short story section. I have been an avid reader since early childhood and has always been imaginative. It wasn't until my children were growing up that I started taking writing classes and put my creations onto paper. When I'm not writing I like to paint, draw, work in the garden and spend time with my pets and family.
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12 Responses to Maretha Botha Author Spotlight

  1. Thank you so much for hosting the final day of my AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT, Margie! I appreciate your support and interest very much! I hope you have a pleasant weekend! πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

  2. lauralibricz says:

    I really enjoyed your tour, Maretha and just downloaded the first book. Have a great weekend! Thanks for hosting, Margie!

  3. Thank you so much, Laura! I appreciate your support and interest very much. Kind regards. πŸ’

  4. Reblogged this on About Fauna Park Tales and commented:
    Thank you Margie Hembroff – Children’s Books Illustrator – for hosting the final day of my SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR blog tour. We – the furry and feathered friends from Fauna Park – appreciate your support very much. πŸ‚πŸ•πŸˆπŸ“πŸπŸ¦…πŸ¦‰πŸΆπŸ­πŸˆ

  5. Micki Peluso says:

    I loved your tour, getting to know you and enjoying your wonderful works. Thanks again for an outstanding review of my book!

  6. Great illustrations and blurbs, Maretha! Keep shining…

  7. Vashti Q says:

    Wonderful post! Continue enjoying your Spotlight month, Maretha! I enjoyed learning more about you, reading your work and all the photographs and illustrations. Thanks for hosting, Margie!😊

  8. Wendy Scott says:

    Thanks for sharing your African experiences through your stories and illustrations.

  9. beemweeks says:

    Maretha, you really bring Africa to life in your posts. Thank you for sharing.

    Thanks for hosting, Margie!

  10. Your books are so alive and colorful. Congratulations, Maretha! Many thanks to Margie for hosting.

  11. Thanks again for hosting me, Margie and also thanks Flossie and Beem, Vashti, Wendy and Bette for your incredibly kind comments about my illustrations. i appreciate your thoughts very much. Best wishes for next month! Keep shining! as Bette would say!

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