Her name was Georgie. Hers was the rather clichéd story of an only child, abused by an alcoholic father who, in a drunken fit of rage, often mistook her for her long-gone mother. Georgie's mother left them, or rather ran away from them (so it seemed), on Georgie's 9th birthday.
Georgie lived in a dustbowl of a town somewhere in the South, where train tracks were the horizon and bitter men the view. The mothers' prayer group met every day at 2pm sharp without fail. The gossip was always followed by a rather loud, robust prayer asking God to heal the drunkards and remove the one or two "liberals".
Georgie had one friend and one friend only – Benjy. Benjy and Georgie, it sounded like the title of a rather grand book perhaps, but in this story, it was the title of inseparable, free-thinking best friends, inseparable since their mothers had both left them.
Sasha Ross is a first year student at Rhodes University. She has a love of short stories, British rock, happy endings and all things magical. One day she hopes to be writing for a major music magazine.
What inspired you to write your story?
Growing up in a rather small town where private affairs seem to be everyones affairs kickstarted this story for me. The feeling of being trapped and finally getting the opportunity to leave when varsity approached made me identify with my characters and help make them seem more believable.
What's your favourite book/story?
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.
How much of your work reflects your life?
Most of my work is inspired by my own experiences and thoughts which I then seem to weave into the stories produced.
If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be?