Meet Zaheera Walker.
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Hello all the way from South Africa everyone. My name is Zaheera and I am hot on the trail of a serial killer. Now that is some serious investigation but the adrenalin drives me. Now don’t go judging a book by its cover because this author is a force to be reckoned with. Petite but driven is what I am so bring on the danger because I am ready to solve it.
I hold degrees in Journalism and Communication Science. I blog about my adventures, life and all things that go on www.daretobedifferentsite.wordpress.com. Follow me. I love how the criminal mind works and I remember sitting glued to the television when Murder, She Wrote was on. Do you remember Angela Lansbury? Well I so wanted to be her. You have to follow the clues if you want to solve the mystery and I knew from an early age that is what I wanted to do. Feisty or fearless? I think I am a bit of both.
So how did it all start? During my rookie days at the Daily News in Durban I was exposed to the crime and court beats. From the trail of the suspect to the arrest, and from the bail application before a magistrate to the sentencing I found my calling. I wanted to get into the mind of serious offenders. What made them tick? Was there a school they attended that taught them how to be mean and green? I had to know. I just had to feed my curiosity.
I guess I got my first taste when I covered court cases at the Durban Magistrates’ Court. During the day I sat through murder, kidnapping, cash-in-transit heists, serial killers and fraud matters. In the evenings I raced back to the newsroom to type and polish my story to meet the deadline. My contact base grew and I had direct access to detectives, court officials and criminal records. I wasn’t ready to be with the criminal offenders but I had a pretty good idea how they operated (wicked laugh). The seed to write my debut novel was planted then and I guess my dream was realised when I self-published DEADLINE – a combination of romance and thriller – on 24 May 2016.
About the book
In the words of reviewer Muhammad Moosa DEADLINE is a pulsating edge of the seat thriller with many surprises and a glimpse into an unknown world. Zaheera Walker writes with panache and flair in this richly entertaining and character laden treat. Set in the 1990s encapsulating a turbulent period for a rookie reporter faced with heartbreak, love and imminent danger as she pursues high risk assignments. Along the way many stereotypes are challenged and a vibrant cultural nexus juxtaposing religion, romance and career. Subtle and passionate, racy and romantic.
DEADLINE is available on Amazon.com.
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