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Author @MarethMBotha

Greetings, friends!

Today, I am welcoming Maretha Botha. Please help me show her support today and all this month!


Maretha Botha is an Italian National who grew up in South Africa. She now lives in the United Kingdom with her family. Her grandchildren are her worst critics and she often has to change or add a different bird of prey instead of the one she originally intended to use, because her grandson loves Peregrine Falcons.  So, the Tawny Eagles made way for a Peregrine Falcon in book 1, and he will also re-appear in Book 5, “The Bird Mission”.

Being a writer gives her the opportunity to daydream, to linger in the world of one of her characters, and then to manipulate things the way she wants them to be. Shutting out the noise and getting on with creating an unforgettable moment in time while simply sitting at her desk – or standing as the experts are encouraging us to do – is one of the things she enjoys about writing and illustrating.

Drinking a quick espresso also helps to keep the creative juices flowing.

She studied Library Science and Information Science as well as Bibliology (knowledge of books and libraries through the ages), English and Italian at the University of South Africa. She worked as a research librarian for an oil research facility, but the most satisfactory work came when working at a private school in Gaborone, Botswana. Teaching children aged 5-18 helped her to find her “inner-child personality” again.

Readers often ask her how she came to write “Fauna Park Tales”. The inspiration for the red-roofed farmhouse came from a painting of a lonely homestead in the Karroo (a thirst land in central South Africa) done by her younger daughter, Lionilde Claire when she was in Primary School. This house and the surrounding areas are the central focus of the Molodi valley.


Some photographs from a real valley near the Mmokolodi Game Reserve, Gaborone, Botswana. Featured here: inspiration for the stubborn goat, Plump-Grump, who looks after things at the farm while Flame and his friends are on a quest to save the orphans.



Mmokolodi’s cattle walk on sand which is almost orange. Note the pylons in the background.  All this have been inspiration for Book 4, after Tall Leader and his gang of poachers kidnapped two orphans and stole most of the villagers’ cattle.  Flame and his friends are in hot pursuit to free their victims.

An excerpt from Book 4, “Trails and Trials: An African Adventure – Fauna Park Tales”, Chapter 9, “The Cattle Battle”.

MEANWHILE, TALL LEADER AND HIS gang had other things to worry about – most of them were still sleeping when the cattle began stampeding down the riverbed in the direction of the sunrise. For that moment, no one cared about Larita and Leru, or where they went. The lovely soft glow of the dawn was suddenly hidden by dust and small bits of sand – looking like an enormous whirlwind.

The cattle ran east, not looking to the left or the right, determined to follow their leader – the big bull, Mafuta – who bellowed, ‘Follow Flame and Bibi, all you cattle! Stick to the riverbed and go straight ahead. Forget about Tall Leader’s dogs or his horsemen.  Move your hoofs and don’t stop!’

On the other side of the dune, things were going according to Flame’s plan and the cattle made their escape down the riverbed. Solo the sandgrouse and his fellow fowls flew ahead of them, choop-chooping all the way. Nothing could stop them, not even the bad humans, their horses or their dogs.



Flame and his furry and feathered friends lead the cattle away from their captors –

Chapter 9 (child-friendly blog)

39 thoughts on “Author @MarethMBotha”

  1. Lovely to see you featured, Maretha. You capture something of the heart of Africa in your stories and your artwork. Both touch me deeply. Congratulations. ♥ Thank you, Mar, for hosting.

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    1. Aww, thank you sooo much Gwen! I couldn’t have wished for anything better than to have stirred your emotions with my artwork and stories. I’m most grateful for your support and constant encouragement. Africa is not the kind of place one forgets easily, and I wanted to let readers see that strange connection, which I have, in any event. Best wishes for a fabulous May filled with much inspiration. 🤩🤩🤩

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    1. Thanks so much for popping in, and I appreciate your observations very much! I can only continue to hope that, despite the different approach which my books have, that readers will continue to see deeper than the surface, because I believe that many children’s books have the inner fibre to begin life long journeys as far as reading skills and pure enjoyment of the book are concerned.

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    1. Yes, Jacquie. Africa can be magical in so many ways, but there are also many challenges – and some of these are explored through the eyes and experiences of the furry and feathered friends – many based on true-life events. Thank you for popping in! And I’ll tell my daughter of your compliment. 🤓🤓

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  2. I love these two photos. The unique color of the sand is interesting. The excerpt caught my attention! I hope you are enjoying your tour, Maretha. I’m enjoying following it. Thanks for hosting today, Mar!

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    1. Yes, the red-ochre colour is quite amazing, and in certain parts of the Namib desert there are enormous sand dunes in this colour. I can never get enough of looking at them. They’re like another Wonder of the World to me, Jan! Thanks for visiting Marlena’s blog today!

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  3. Congratulations, Maretha and enjoy being in the Spotlight. Your books and illustrations are a joy to read and see. My grandsons have enjoyed them.

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  4. Maretha, you are so talented. Your illustrations are truly captivating. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
    I have never seen sand of such vibrant colour. In Canada, the island of PEI has an orange clay surrounding the island. It’s beautiful. Hope you’re enjoying a fabulous tour. Every stop is a joy!
    Thanks so much for hosting, Marlena, and for the warm welcome, as always. 🙂

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  5. Congratulations on being featured, Maretha! My children, along with many others, love stories about animals. The illustrations are wonderful. The painting of the red-roofed farmhouse created by your daughter is a testament to the artistic talent, both written and visual, of both yourself and your family.

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    1. Yes, Joy, we often mused about the privilege of living close to nature, experiencing the sights and sounds of the environment, as well as watching the stars, which really feel so close that we felt we could touch them – if they didn’t fall on your head first!

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    1. Thank you so much for popping in Beem. I’m visiting all the awesome hosts again – just to make sure I haven’t missed anyone’s visit. Thanks for your kind comments about the book covers = much appreciated.

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