By Lungile Sojini
Pamela Power was at Love Books in Johannesburg recently to launch her new novel, Things Unseen, in conversation with author Joanne Macgregor.
Power, who hails from a “left-wing middle class family”, said her new book explores the dark side of life.
“We don’t have to be married and have two children,” she said, explaining that one of the reasons that motivated her to write was the idea of defying conformity. While society expects you to do certain things – get married, get a stable job – you can choose to be different, and choose write a book.
Things Unseen is Power’s second novel, after Ms Conception, which was published by Penguin Random House in 2015. In reviewing Power’s debut, writer and newspaper columnist Paige Nick said: “What a fantastic laugh. I started it on my flight up to Joburg, and it made the time fly by. It’s a fun, easy read about Jo, a mother of two, who is trying to navigate her world.”
— Clockwork Books (@Clockwork_Books) November 4, 2016
With the current novel, things are different. Power has switched both publisher and genre and has, in the process, penned a “psychological thriller”.
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At the launch, Power referenced recent real life crimes that have had South Africans talking, for example the high-profile alleged murder of Susan Rohde by her husband Jason Rohde, CEO of property firm Sotheby’s International Realty. She said Things Unseen is, in a way, inspired by this darkness that exists under the veneer of light.
By day, Power is a television scriptwriter, and is currently the script editor for Muvhango. She says, however, that the process of writing novels is “much more fun” than writing for TV because of the rules are far less demanding.
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“l love writing novels; TV is too structured,” she said.
On top of being a scriptwriter, Power spoke of the joy of being a published author.
“When I was published, I found my tribe,” said Power, who seemed to know and acknowledge everyone in the audience.
While Things Unseen has seen Power change genre, her humour as a person remains intact. “I still find people dying funny,” she joked at the event.
— I Love Melville (@ilovemelville) November 21, 2016
During the question and answer session, Power revealed that on a given day she can write an impressive 2,500 words, so her fans can surely look forward to her next book sooner rather than later.
Lungile Sojini (@success_mail) and others tweeted live from the launch:
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