Novelist Mostert offers pinch of paranormal

Wed May 6, 2009 8:08am EDT
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By Kristina Cooke

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - In this economy, escaping into the unknown might sound like a good option for many.

For novelist Natasha Mostert it's part of the job.

Growing up in South Africa with a witch doctor trainee as a nanny whet her appetite for the mystical, which she feels exists on the periphery of most people's mundane, rushed daily lives.

Now, she is trying to mobilize her fiercely loyal fan base -- made up of suburban housewives as well as goths who tattoo themselves with themes from her novels -- to raise money for women boxers in Afghanistan so they can travel to London for the Olympic Games.

She's confident it can be done -- her fans turned out in force to help her fourth novel "Season of the Witch" win the World Book Day award in March.

An avid kickboxer, Mostert spoke to Reuters about her latest novel, "The Keeper of Light and Dust", which gives a paranormal edge to the gritty world of South London martial arts.

Q: Where does your fascination with the paranormal come from?

A: "I grew up in South Africa and had a nanny who was training to be a witch doctor. I always had the feeling when I spoke to her that there was something hovering on the edge of my peripheral vision and if I could turn my head fast enough then maybe I could catch it."   Continued...