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I am privileged to grow songs & books of poetry, fiction (for adults & children) towards publication and gigs. As a thoroughbred clown without a circus, I persistently pursue a variety of interests.

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About Schmidt

Werner Schmidt (live since '75) grew up in Pretoria, and moved to Bloemfontein during 2002. He writes his books & music in English and Afrikaans, and performs his songs & stories in these languages.

He has worked as an accountant, lecturer, bicycle repair guy, auditor, radio DJ (fired after three weeks), waiter, welfare volunteer, primary school story-teller, consultant, financial manager, general manager, miniature golf attendant, corporate communicator, street-side fruit vendor, cashier, internal auditor and live performer.

His first novella, Confessions of an alcoholic's son (2011), was featured in the Vrouekeur magazine, and read by 8 000+ readers. Published as autobiography, at first, he republished the book as adult fiction, during 2014, in English and Afrikaans. Publications due out during 2017 are a novella and novel about Nathan Brown, man under pressure ...

Schmidt wrote an interactive children's play, Flat Anna, the froggie that stood up, in 2012, which he included in a children's activity book (ages 4 to 10 years). He published the book in English, Afrikaans (Plat Anna) and Sesotho (Anna Sepatlapatla). The play was accepted for the Free State Arts Festival in 2014, as one of its first tri-lingual productions. Flat Anna's metamorphosis to a children's book will take place during 2017/18. New children's fiction planned for this period, include a story about a boy, waking up with something strange ...

He published death by design, first volume of plain speech poetry in the cage | stage trilogy, in 2016, with volume two, 29 chinchillas, scheduled for publication during March, 2017, and volume three, the last garden bird, due out by mid-year, 2017.
The rest of Schmidt's 2017/18 publication program comprises

  • a novella, introducing Nathan Brown to readers, followed by two novels, in a series about this man under pressure,
  • a music album, in three bursts (he seems to love the number 3), and
  • two, or probably three universal children's stories aka children's stories for everyone.

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Confessions (English)

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Waldo Leroux walks through his life to meet his late mother, Anita, and to make sense of her life story. Anita had one great weakness, which tainted Waldo’s life irrevocably, from as early as his eighth year. Walk with Waldo on his emotional journey: Anita’s dramatic last days. Twenty-four years together. Recollections of others who shared his mother’s weakness. A surprising meeting is described at the end, or is it maybe a beginning for Waldo …?

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Confessions of an alcoholic’s son vividly displays gripping fragments of a life journey, as narrated by the son of a woman. A beautiful, talented woman, with one major shortcoming. Graphic, self-searching, emotionally laden, humorous at times. The narrator walks through his own life to commence his journey of healing. A death, a life, and interesting meetings with other alcoholics and liquor-affected people, open up a new world to the reader.

Long description

Dead.
Why?
Did I … ?
Dead.
Why!
Did she … ?
Dead.
Why?

A story of death, life and people, with a shot of whisky.

You are invited to be absorbed by fragments of a life journey, as narrated by Waldo Leroux, the son of a woman.

Revealed as a beautiful and talented architect, artist, wife, and a mother of two. In her search for peace?, love?, she was broken on treacherous rocks, just below the surface of a golden yellow ocean, during three turbulent decades.

Unfolding in three parts:
The story commences with a vivid, emotional recollection of Waldo’s mother’s death on December 27, 1999, and the months leading up to, and immediately after that day.

The clock is turned back to allow Waldo to undertake a self-searching and questioning journey through his life, as his mother’s son.

Walking through his schooling and professional years, he recalls crystal-clear memories of pain and pleasure, from as far back as his preschool days, which then dovetail with the first chapter.

Lastly, the story walks through various interesting encounters and relationships with some alcoholics and other alcohol-affected people. He sees through the noise created by their moth-to-a-flame behavioural patterns, and discovers their ordinary, beautiful humanity.

The book concludes: Waldo meets and bids his mother farewell, in a personal letter.