Chasing Marian, the novel co-written by Qarnita Loxton, Pamela Power, Amy Heydenrych and Gail Schimmel, is out from Pan Macmillan

Qarnita Loxton with her first copy of Chasing Marian, the novel she co-wrote with Amy Heydenrych, Pamela Power and Gail Schimmel.

Synopsis

Four strangers, two cities, one chance online meeting.

Jess is a yummy mummy of two whose life is slowly unravelling and who has recently separated from her husband. Ginger is a happily widowed granny with a salty tongue and a wicked sense of humour. The gorgeous and sensitive Matt is an almost-qualified psychologist, who still lives with his parents. And Queenie, a librarian from Cape Town, has an absent boyfriend and a secret writing habit.

What could these four strangers possibly have in common?

They are all die-hard Marian Keyes fans. And when they hear that Marian is due to visit South Africa to attend a literary festival, they are all desperate to meet her. Together they come up with a mad-cap plan. Will they succeed – or will life intervene?

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes posted this delightful image on Twitter to celebrate the publication of the novel in which she features. It is wonderful to see these five authors connect across continents and celebrate stories and books despite all the lockdown challenges we have faced in the literary community over the last two years.

The Most Anticipated Feel-Good Novel of 2022 …

Qarnita Loxton is one of the authors of Chasing Marian.

Four strangers, two cities, one chance online meeting.
What could these four possibly have in common?
Find out in Chasing Marian, a heart-warming and hilarious story about finding connection and friendship.

Amy Heydendrych, Qarnita Loxton, Pamela Power and Gail Schimmel are friends and established authors. When 2020 and 2021 saw all in-person literary festivals cancelled, they decided to channel the disappointment of not seeing one another in real life (IRL) into writing a novel together. For the title and final cover reveal of The Most Anticipated Feel-Good Novel of 2022, Pan Macmillan SA turned the spotlight on the four awesome co-authors of Chasing Marian to ask them some quick questions.

Continue reading and listen to CapeTalk’s Sara-Jayne Makwala King interview the four authors: “The Most Anticipated Feel-Good Novel of 2022 …”

Qarnita Loxton’s story included in Die Meisie Met Uitroeptekens In Haar Oë En Ander Stories

Of jy nou glo in die noodlot of blote geluk of liefde met die eerste oogopslag, alle liefdesverhoudings moet iewers begin. Dié bundel bevat verhale oor eerste ontmoetings deur gevestigde skrywers soos Jaco Jacobs, Zelda Bezuidenhout, Refiloe Moahloli, Qarnita Loxton en Sally Partridge en nuwe stemme soos Cliffordene Norton en Mercy Kannemeyer.

Die verhale is soms romanties, soms snaaks, soms alledaags, soms buitengewoon … en die eindes meestal gelukkig. Die bundel is ryk aan diversiteit en bied ’n verskeidenheid wat betref identiteit, karakters en agtergronde.

Published by Pan Macmillan South Africa Children’s Books in July 2021.