Celebrating our female authors

Celebrating Female Authors

Nuance celebrates our female authors!

To end off woman’s month we would like to celebrate some inspiring female authors that we have had the privilege to work with! These three women have written three unique books each with its own inspiration behind it. We would like to share the inspiration that these three women had so that we can inspire all aspiring female authors. We want you to keep on writing and to share your unique story with the world.

Female writers

Carmen Harris

The first author that we would like to showcase is Carmen Harris. Carmen has just completed her manuscript You Are Not Entitled To Be Rude. This Novella centres around Gabriella Alberto and her journey in self-employment, it is on this journey that she discovers how rudeness has become an everyday occurrence in people’s lives while the world around them is constantly evolving.

Carmen had this to say regarding her writing journey:

Why did you start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was very young – I’ve always enjoyed it and have to keep track of the ideas that run through my head. I think a big thing that contributed to my writing journey over the years is my love for reading, and the stories that get told.

What was/is the inspiration for your story/book?

The inspiration came from a workplace encounter – with a customer being impatient. That’s how the idea started.

What were some of the biggest hurdles that you had to overcome while writing your book?

Trying to find a way to weave the whole story together – I had a cast of minor characters and then the main character: I had to find a way to connect the two.

How did you tackle and overcome these hurdles?

Once I’d found a storyline for the main character, Gabriella Albero, then the story slowly started falling into place.

What is your message to the young female writers out there currently writing their stories?

Keep going. Writing can get tough sometimes, especially when you’re first starting your writing journey.

Is there anything else that you want to say to inspire young female writers?

Keep learning. There’s a lot to learn about the writing world. Don’t give up when you’re in the process of wanting to put your book out into the world – find a way to make it happen, and if you’re able to, don’t skimp out on cover designers or editors – they are essential to the process, despite the cost involved. At the end of the day, it will be worth it if you invest in getting your book professionally edited and get a good cover design.

Find out more about Carmen and her debut novella by clicking on the links below:

Inspirational authors

Penny Lamb

Our second author, Penny Lamb, is in the process of having her manuscript published. Even through it is still early in her publishing journey Penny has done an incredible job in completing her manuscript. Penny is sharing a remarkable true story with her readers about an amazing women that she met during her travels.

This is truly a book to look out for, read about Penny’s inspiration below:

Why did you start writing?

During a lazy Thai vacation in a destination off the tourist beaten track, I met Ruay. Over a series of afternoons and evenings, Ruay shared her remarkable story with me. I believe it was by divine appointment because the events of our meeting were so random and unexpected that even a sceptic couldn’t attribute our chance crossing of paths to coincidence. Deeply affected by Ruay’s story, I spent a sleepless night in which the events of her life danced in and out of my thoughts. The following day, I couldn’t wait to insist that she share her story. Unexpectedly, Ruay asked if I would write it. Only after prayer, my husband’s encouragement and a firm conviction that her story should be, no must be, told, I humbly accepted the challenge she entrusted to me. The words flowed easily as I fleshed out the events of her life in our tranquil holiday surroundings.

What was/is the inspiration for your story/book?

I believe that Ruay’s story has the power to encourage others. The shared experience of her struggles is sure to resonate with us all. The need to reinvent herself time and time again will surely hearten those who find themselves picking up the pieces and starting afresh. Ruay’s strength and resilience lie within each of us, and while adversity teases out our reserves, we need champions and faith to draw on the strength to carry us through.

What were some of the biggest hurdles that you had to overcome while writing your book?

Confidence and time.

A lack of confidence in my writing ability had me revisit my book repeatedly for years, making umpteen revisions. My courage waned with the knowledge that I unwittingly, in the retelling, was tainting Ruay’s story with my paradigms and scant understanding of her lifeworld and culture. Time also acted as a constraint since I could not return to Thailand timeously, and this imposed the restraint of taking up where I left off only during long holidays. Being unable to obtain affirmation from Ruay exacerbated my feelings of inadequacy.

How did you tackle and overcome these hurdles?

I hope to meet up with Ruay in the future and want to honour her telling of it. Convinced that I must tell her story and admonishing myself for all the procrastinating, I made peace with where the manuscript was at. I put new energy into researching publishers. That eroded my confidence further, but prayerfully, and with encouragement from my husband, I kept searching. Concluding that self-publishing was the only route available to me, I finally happened upon Nuance. Finally, I had the nudge of confidence I needed.

Female authors

What is your message to the young female writers out there currently writing their stories?

Writing is cathartic. The process crystalizes our thinking, gives vent to our thoughts and passions and breathes life into our stories. It is liberating. Once written, share your voice. Sharing our writing connects us with others. Our words can be a salve to wounded souls, an encouragement to those faltering, or we can challenge our audience to entertain a different perspective and widen their viewpoint. Make peace with the fact that your story and writing style is uniquely yours. Seek not approval or validation but the liberation of your ideas.

Is there anything else that you want to say to inspire young female writers?

The world needs diverse, brave female voices. We embolden one another. Our empathy and shared experience is a unifying force to be reckoned with. The Me Too movement proved that. It is time to make a difference in the world, one penned word at a time.


Vangi Pantazis

Nuance has walked an amazing path with our third author, Vangi Pantazis. Vangi is one of our very first clients and it has been a privilege to have been part of her publishing journey. Vangi is the author of a series of children’s books called the Giftlands series.

As a children’s author Vangi has the unique ability to teach essential life skills through her writing. Here is what inspired Vangi to write:

Why did you start writing?

Writing has always been a part of my life. From a young age, I loved to make up characters and create stories around them. English was my second language and when I learnt to speak it in Grade one, I decided I liked to write. I wrote to impress my English teacher. I wrote to entertain family and friends through experiences I had. Back in the day, we wrote letters and being a border from the age of six, allowed me an opportunity to begin my writing journey young. As I grew older, I realised the power of writing. Each character and every story can help others find entertainment and enrichment. Now I write to share valuable life lessons with young readers by providing entertaining stories.

What was/is the inspiration for your story/book?Female authors

Giftlands series came to life after I was inspired to share valuable Christian messages with young readers. If I can enrich young lives to live with love and Christian power, I hope that their lives will become more purposeful. If through my stories, the children can learn how to make good life choices, they can not only better themselves but others around them.

What were some of the biggest hurdles that you had to overcome while writing your book?

Self-publishing these books has been my biggest encounter. The writing part has been easy but selling these books on my own has been challenging. My marketing skills are not the best.

How did you tackle and overcome these hurdles?

I have been very blessed to have my own in-house talented production and marketing team. My illustrator, Kerry Moolman has provided wonderful pictures to work with and her husband, Alex Moolman has formatted by books and designed a fantastic web page for me. Saskia at NUANCE has done all my editing and Nadja at NUANCE is currently helping me with marketing. I realised that I needed a strong and talented team to help me achieve all the various levels of creating and selling content.

What is your message to the young female writers out there currently writing their stories?

If you are writing or aspiring to write, the best way forward is simply not to stop. Keep writing, keep sharing, keep exploring. Writing is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Knock on every door of opportunity and believe in your writing and yourself.

Is there anything else that you want to say to inspire young female writers?

Write about what is in your heart or about what you know well. You can entertain and teach others through your stories by the power of your words. It’s a humbling privilege and one to hold onto.

To find out more about Vangi and the Giftlands series follow the links below.

You are welcome to visit my web page at www.giftlands.co.za

The first three books in my Giftlands series are available via Amazon and Ingram Spark – both as e-books as well printed versions. The other four books are busy under way with production.

Wishing you all joyous writing and many blessings!

In the end


As a female owned business, it is important to us to inspire and support other women out there, whether it be aspiring writer, editors or proof-readers. We want you to be inspired, put your pen to paper and get your story out in to the world.

Contact us for more information about how to get your book published!


Written by Nadja

I am a writer and editor with a passion for education and children's literature.

Sep 1, 2021

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