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Fanie Viljoen was born on 2 January 1970 and went to school in Welkom (South Africa). If it was up to him, he would still be in grade 1 today. He never liked advancing to a new grade with each passing year.

Although Fanie wrote good essays at school, he never thought he would become a writer one day. He now spends his days writing, illustrating or dreaming up new ideas for stories. Being this creative is surely the best job in the world.

Here are some more things you might not know about Fanie:

  • His first job was as a teller in a bank.
  • He was a trainer at Sanlam Insurance.
  • His first short story was published in the woman’s magazine Sarie.
  • He wrote numerous radio plays, including one about a granddad who found himself a girlfriend.
  • Many of his books have won literary prizes.
  • Fanie loves art and even studied it after school. In his spare time you’ll find him at his easel, working on a new oil painting. (He even illustrated some of his own books.)
  • Fanie has a very sweet tooth. Honey, dates, nougat and chocolates are his absolute favorites!
  • Fanie kept silk worms when he was in primary school. One nearly crawled down his throat when he placed it on his tongue!
  • To relax, Fanie enjoys listens to music, reading or going to the gym. (But he doesn’t really like getting tired!)
  • Fanie stays in Bloemfontein (South Africa).

The following books have already been published:

English

  • Meatball, the ghost dog (2024) Lapa Publishers
  • Jump – South African edition (2023) Lapa Publishers
  • Sacrifice to the flies (2022) Lapa Publishers
  • Dreamers (2022) Penguin Random House SA
  • The last time I died – graphic novel (2021) Penguin Random House SA
  • Pixel (2020) Lapa Publishers
  • The last time I died (2016) Ransom Publishing
  • Scarred Lions (new edition – 2016) Ransom Publishing
  • Jump – UK edition (2015) Ransom Publishing
  • Scarred Lions (2011) Ransom Publishing
  • MindF**k (2010) Ransom Publishing

Albanian

  • Theror për Mizat (2023) Albanese vertaling van Offers vir die Vlieë, Ombra GVG Publishing House

French

  • MindF**k (2010) Original Books

Afrikaans

  • Frikkadel, die spookhond (2024) Lapa Uitgewers
  • Ouma Mollie gaan terug skool toe (2023) Lapa Publishers
  • Krag (2023) Lapa Publishers
  • Die lewe se vuil houe (2023) Lapa Publishers
  • Wêreld van Wolwe: Derde Mag (2022) Lapa Publishers
  • Sneeuman-swem (2022) Lapa Publishers
  • Aksieheld Austin: Doodskreet van die Dino’s (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Wêreld van Wolwe: Tweede Asem (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Vampierhokkie (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Briewe van Mieliepit (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Flippie word ‘n vlieg (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Ouma Mollie en die Mensvreter (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Coucou, Lulu (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Wêreld van Wolwe: Eerste Bloed (2020) Lapa Publishers
  • Offers vir die Vlieë (2020) Lapa Publishers
  • Laaste Lewe (2020) Lapa Publishers
  • Donker Web (2020) Tafelberg Publishers
  • Doendinge (2020) Lapa Publishers
  • Môre as ons groot is (2020) Lapa Publishers
  • Olke bolke, Lulu (2019) Lapa Publishers
  • Iemand wat verdrink en ander verhale (2019) Lapa Publishers
  • Brand (2019) Tafelberg Publishers
  • Pieksel (2019) Lapa Publishers
  • Aksieheld Austin: Onheil op Skedelbaai (2019) Lapa Publishers
  • Nova omnibus 2 (2019) Lapa Publishers
  • The day the dragon came (for girls) (2019) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • The day the dragon came (for boys) (2019) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • Die dag toe die draak kom (vir meisies) (2019) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • Die dag toe die draak kom (vir seuns) (2019) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • Hokaai, Lulu (2018) Lapa Publishers
  • Die groot boek van spoke en grille (2018) Lapa Publishers
  • Nova omnibus 1 (2018) Lapa Publishers
  • Veldiep (2018) Tafelberg Publishers
  • Slym se Stories (2018) Lapa Publishers
  • Aksieheld Austin: Nag van Grille (2018) Lapa Publishers
  • La-di-da, Lulu (2017) Lapa Publishers
  • Krappie en die Kroon (2017) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • Dromers (2017) Lapa Publishers
  • Aksieheld Austin: Operasie Sabotasie (2017) Lapa Publishers
  • Jou Romeo (2016) Tafelberg Publishers
  • Oepse Daisy, Lulu (2016) Lapa Publishers
  • Kaptein Verdwyn (2016) Lapa Publishers
  • Monsterrugby (2016) Lapa Publishers
  • Afkop (2016) Lapa Publishers
  • Die geheime bestanddeel in Petra Pienk se Piesangbrood (reissue 2015) Lapa Publishers
  • Bravo, Lulu (2015) Lapa Publishers
  • Prooi (2015) Lapa Publishers
  • Plons (2014) Lapa Publishers
  • Uit (2014) Lapa Publishers
  • Pleisters vir die Dooies (2014) Lapa Publishers
  • Nova: Eindspel (2014) Lapa Publishers
  • Slym en die Towertapyt (2014) Lapa Publishers
  • Galop (2013) Lapa Publishers
  • Koue Rillings (2013) Lapa Publishers
  • Oe la la, Lulu (2013) Lapa Publishers
  • Spring (2013) Lapa Publishers
  • Nova: Sterreloper (2013) Lapa Publishers
  • Leeus met Letsels (2012) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • Nog 13 Spookstories – with co-authors Francois Bloemhof and Jaco Jacobs (2012) Lapa Publishers
  • Nova: Bloedbroers (2012) Lapa Publishers
  • Betower (2012) Lapa Publishers
  • Grilbrigade (2011) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • Klou (2011) Lapa Publishers
  • Nova: Vuurdoop (2011) Lapa Publishers
  • Nova: Die Begin (2010) Lapa Publishers
  • 13 Spookstories with co-authors Francois Bloemhof and Jaco Jacobs (2010) Lapa Publishers
  • Slym en die beker van geluk (2009) Lapa Publishers
  • Kaptein Hamerkophaai (2009) Tafelberg Publishers
  • Onderwêreld (2008) Tafelberg Publishers
  • Die geheime bestanddeel in Petra Pienk se piesangbrood (2008) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • Klits Kronkel en die Vloek van die Swart Jakkals (2008) Tafelberg Publishers
  • Miserella (2007) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • Klits Kronkel en die Vlammende Swaard (2007) Tafelberg Publishers
  • Slym en die Gogga-sirkus (2007) Lapa Publishers
  • Geraamte in die klas (2006 and new edition in 2021) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • Spoke en ander gruwelike goed (2005) Human & Rousseau Publishers
  • BreinBliksem (2005) Tafelberg Publishers
  • Slym (2004) Lapa Publishers

Nonfiction

  • Die klein boek van skitterende speelgoed (2022) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van hipercool hondetoertjies (2022) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van mal modes (2022) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van skouspelagtige sport (2022) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van nog fantastiese feite (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van toweragtige toertjies (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van grappige gewoontes (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van skrikwekkende spoke (2021) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van fantastiese feite (2020) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van gruwelike geheime (2020) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van katastrofiese kattekwaad (2020) Lapa Publishers
  • Die klein boek van reuse-rekords (2020) Lapa Publishers
  • Die wonderwêreld van soogdiere – (2014) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van walvisse en dolfyne – (2014) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van reptiele en amfibieë – (2015) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van goggas – (2015) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van voëls – (2015) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van dinosourusse – (2015) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van roofdiere – (2016) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van troeteldiere – (2016) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van plaasdiere – (2016) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van die groot vyf – (2016) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van babadiere – (2017) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van vreemde diere – (2017) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van seelewe – (2017) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van perde en ponies – (2017) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van my liggaam – (2018) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van die ruimte – (2018) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van die natuurrampe – (2018) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)
  • Die wonderwêreld van voertuie – (2018) Lapa Publishers (with Jaco Jacobs)

Radio plays

  • Die Losprys (RSG, Maart 2001) Published in the compilation Droomskip en ander radiodramas by Nasou Via Afrika
  • Oupa Rooijan kry ’n girlfriend (RSG, May 2002)
  • Agter geslote deure (RSG, April 2003)
  • Die Handtekeningjagter (RSG, 2006)
  • By verlies aan woorde (RSG, 2012)
  • Breking (RSG, 2013)
  • Ragel (RSG, 2016)
  • Die wegraping van tannie Kleintjie du Preez (RSG, 2024)

Television

Môre as ons groot is (Single drama on KykNet & kie – 2016)

Short stories

Appear in the following collections:

  • Apocalypse at the end of the street
  • Tyd is ‘n bl*ksem
  • Blinkertjies in Pa se baard
  • Die skool vir rampspoedige talente
  • Ingonyama
  • Iemand wat verdrink en ander verhale
  • ‘n Ster in haar sak
  • Die Perfekte Brander
  • Skreeu
  • Sweef
  • Ink
  • In ’n neutedop
  • Van spoke gepraat
  • Skrik op die lyf
  • Spoorvat
  • VonkFiksie
  • Donker Plekke
  • Grensoorlogstories
  • Kleure van die liefde

Poems

Appear in the following collections:

  • Sterkykers
  • Toulopers
  • Nuwe stemme 5
  • Vonk@verse 1 & 2
  • Honderd dichters 8

Rhymes

Appear in the following collections:

  • Nuwe kinderverseboek
  • Rympies vir Pikkies en Peuters

Translations

  • Jy kan die wereld verander – Human & Rousseau (You can change the world)
  • Die wêreld se beste boek – Tafelberg Publishers (The world’s best book)

Other

  • Article on the writing of youth novels in the compilation Afrikaanse Skryfgids, compiled by Riana Scheepers and Leti Klein.
  • Various short stories in Landbouweekblad, Rooi Rose, De Kat and Vrouekeur.
  • Sketches in Rooi Rose and Rapport magazine.

Books illustrated

  • Pixel / Pieksel
  • Die groot boek van spoke en grille
  • Aksieheld Austin-series
  • Kaptein Verdwyn
  • Slym-series
  • Kaptein Hamerkophaai
  • Papo se geskenk / Papo’s gift
  • Various school text books

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