ABOUT Z ROUX
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Z Roux moved to New Zealand where she now lives with her husband and two children. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Johannesburg.
Cereus is published by Savant Books and Publications. Released 2017.
"We all come across a point in our lives where we examine who we are and what we've achieved in life. I wrote CEREUS (Savant 2017), following something similar to what many would call a mid-life crisis, despite not actually fitting the age group. I had examined the choices I'd made and found I've been so set on paying my dues, ensuring a good career and juggling a fantastic family, that I had neglected the one thing I had been desperate to be my whole life—a published author. As I reflected, I realized that I had resigned myself to my dream not ever coming true, and set out to change this. The result was CEREUS (Savant 2017), and I was overjoyed when Savant agreed to publish my work.
"The novel, written in my favorite genre of magical fiction, involves a young girl, Danny Bennet, being hunted in her dreams for powers she didn't know she had.
"Dreams have always been a fascinating subject. As a child, I would dream of people I had never met and places I had never seen. When I slept, my dreams became worlds as valid and as real to me as the one I lived in when I was awake. Dreams were like space: beautiful, a little scary, and vast, filled with endless possibilities and uncertainties.
"CEREUS (Savant 2017) combines two things I can debate about for hours: the mysteries revolving dreams; and my fascination with right and wrong, good and bad, the thin line dividing them, and how that line sometimes become very vague.
"Upon writing this novel, I felt a very strong pull between the positive and the negative, the yin and yang in not only the story line, but also the characters. As I let the story flow, I found Danny had more choices to make; the complexity of her decisions and the way in which they unfolded and impacted the rest of the novel often felt like falling dominoes or the rippling on water. Each of her actions would affect the other in ways that sometimes left me wide-eyed or shedding a tear, creating an end result of which I couldn't be prouder.
"Even though CEREUS (Savant 2017) touches on heavier issues like the struggle of good and evil, addiction, and how power corrupts, it also contains a lot of positive messages portrayed through Danny's friendships and the vast amount of love and acceptance in her adoptive family. It is my utmost wish that my readers will enjoy reading the book and fall in love with the characters and story as much as I have."