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When one of my publishers asked me to submit a 200 word biography for their authors' website, I thought about dropping the usual bio platitudes and submitting the following:

"Natasha Mostert is a spectacularly brilliant, raven-haired psychic who saw her first ghost at the age of four. She likes to take midnight rides on horseback and practises levitation twice a day."
However, upon reflection I didn't think my editor would be too amused by this flight of fancy. So here it is, the official (and much less exciting) Natasha Mostert biography:

Natasha Mostert is a South African novelist and screenwriter, who specialises in contemporary psychological thrillers with mystical and paranormal themes. She grew up in Pretoria and Johannesburg but currently lives in London with her husband, Frederick. She still keeps an apartment in the university town of Stellenbosch in the Cape province.


Educated in South Africa and at Columbia University, New York, Mostert majored in modern languages and also holds graduate degrees in Lexicography and Applied Linguistics. She has worked as a teacher in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and as project coordinator in the publishing department of public television station WNET/Thirteen in New York City. Her political opinion pieces have appeared on the op-ed page of The New York Times, in Newsweek, The Independent and The Times (London).

She is an avid kickboxer. Click here to find out more about her involvement with the CPAU Fighting for Peace project, which teaches Afghan women how to box and feel empowered in their lives.

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She is the author of six novels. Her fourth novel, Season of the Witch is a modern gothic triller about techgnosis and the Art of Memory and won the Book to Talk About: World Book Day 2009 Award. Her latest novel is Dark Prayer, a psychological thriller about memory, identity and the murderous consequences of a quest gone wrong. Please address all literary queries to Deborah Schneider at

Aside from novel writing, Mostert has branched out into screenwriting and is a member of the WGAW.

Future goals include writing poetry, executing a perfect spinning crescent kick and coming face to face with the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe.

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