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Pixie Emslie

Top awared for His Precious Diamond


South African author, Pixie Emslie, was awarded the South African Writers’ Circle (SAWC) Quill Award for the best published book of 2016 at a ceremony held on Saturday 11 March 2017 in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal.

The SAWC  is a nationwide group of writers and poets that encourages and assists all writers, new and experienced, and promotes the art of creative writing in general.  The SAWC is the only association in South Africa which runs monthly competitions covering the whole spectrum of fiction and non-fiction writing, including novels, short stories, poetry, plays and crime and mystery writing, romance, fantasy and science fiction as well as articles, book reviews and essays. Professional writers judge these competitions and each entrant receives a full critique on work submitted, whether they are prize winners or not. The prizewinning entries are published in the monthly newsletter, and go forward for judging in the annual awards competition.

Presenting the award the Chairman of the SAWC, Brigitta Simpson, said they were delighted that Pixie had won it.

‘It is wonderful that you are a winner, we are very happy for you! It really is a grand award and His Precious Diamond, set in Cape Town and on the Garden Route, is a delightful romance.  Well done.’

Pixie said she was honoured to be this year’s winner.

‘I suppose all us writers dream of writing That book – and as we struggle over the words, and the plots and the characters that seem to develop a mind of their own, we , (or I certainly do) , wonder if everything will ever come together to make something readable.

‘ I actually started trying to write romance years ago. I had aspirations of making my fortune. Well, as hard as I tried I could not master the genre so left it alone for a while. Instead I wrote about what I knew best, mining.  And for that book, Cry of the Rocks, the South African Writers’ Circle gave me the best Self-Published book award.  But romance still lay at the back of my mind and I finally came back to my stories. This time though, I realised that I needed to write about what I know – people and places right here in my part of the world, in the Cape and on the Garden Route. And His Precious Diamond is the result.

‘I was thrilled when Pegasus in the UK accepted it, but I must tell you that subsequently I have been disappointed by the lack of response from South African outlets. It turns out that the wholesaler or agent that Pegasus uses is not longer operating in South Africa and so none of the book stores have been able to stock it, as far as I can tell.  I am trying to rectify that – but in the meantime I tell everyone to nag their bookstore, but also to order it on line, either as a paperback or an e-book.’









About pixie

My second book, His Precious Diamond, launched on 28 July. Follow the link for the youtube video. Available through Amazon, Kindle and book stores, it is perfect holiday reading with romance, fun and sex. My first novel, Cry of the Rocks, won the South African Writers' Circle award for the best self-published book of 2012. Movie director Gray Hofmeyr has a movie option on Cry of the Rocks, and there is a great review in the International Thriller Writers' e-mag, TheBigThrill, January 2014 edition.
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