Over the years a number of interesting and inspiring characters have been linked to Somerset East – from Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of the Cape (after whom our lovely little town was named); to Walter Battiss, abstract artist and creator of Fook Island; and naturalist Robert Burchell, believer in unicorns; but none have been as awe inspiring as Freeda Moon.
I was lucky enough to meet the vibrant and charming fantasy romance writer a few weeks ago. Her cheerful and infectious smile and strong, optimistic spirit made a lasting impression which lingered with me long after our first meeting, where I clumsily stooped down with my hand outstretched in a greeting towards her, not knowing the severity of her condition. You see, Freeda Moon is wheelchair bound, having lived with cerebral palsy her entire life. Typing a single word takes minutes, but her mind is sharp and her writing beyond beautiful. She may require around the clock care, but Freeda hasn’t let that prevent her from pursuing her dream of becoming a writer.
Freeda has been drawn to the magic of folklore, myth and legends since the age of eight, when she fell in love with a mermaid on television (haven’t we all!). Her childhood fascination with mermaids has since blossomed into a deep interest in Celtic mythology. Freeda grew up in Adelaide, Eastern Cape, and moved to Somerset East with her mother in 2000. Little did she know that she would attend the launch of her very own novel, Whisper to the Moon, at the town library 17 years later.
In her mind, Freeda has always been a writer. Due to her condition, she couldn’t entertain herself like other kids and so she started writing magical stories in her head, transporting herself to enchanting worlds filled with charming new friends and mystical adventures. Since then she has created countless colourful characters and tales of mystery and romance, and recently was able to grant those around her access to her whimsical world with the launch of her debut novel, Whisper to the Moon – the prequel to the upcoming trilogy, The Parish of Ballynar. Book one of the Ballynar trilogy, A Selkie’s Promise, will be available on Amazon from October 2017.
When Freeda is not writing she fills her days with books and films – all romance and fantasy focused of course. She counts Jane Austin, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare and Emily Bronte as her favourite writers and generally gravitates towards writers from bygone days. She’s drawn to Celtic legends and her dream of visiting Ireland, her ‘soul’s true north’, where her beautiful tales originate from, was realised four years ago. “It felt like going home”, she says.
Not only did I want to introduce you to this lovely lady and her remarkable talent through this post, I wanted to give you an opportunity to experience her whimsical world first-hand, by giving away a copy of Whisper to the Moon to one lucky reader. To stand a chance to win, like or comment on this post. It’s that easy! The winner will be announce on Facebook on Wednesday 27 September.
If you would like to support Freeda’s inspirational talents, you can purchase Whisper to the Moon by clicking here. Her books are available in paperback and Kindle.
Freeda Moon is living proof that dreams and aspirations are always within our reach, no matter your abilities. Thank you, Freeda, for sharing your magic with the world!