Retreat-born writer Susan Meiring, 44, made her dreams come true when she self-published her book Dogters van Sahara last month. The Afrikaans novel tells the tale of a group of girls at a children’s home who go through many struggles and trying times. The mother of four hopes the book will motivate young girls to pursue their dreams and not to let their circumstances determine their destiny. Ms Meiring has previously written several short stories, which were published in a daily newspaper. The book can be bought on Amazon.com and at the Kindle store. To order the book or for more information, call Ms Meiring at 071 905 8799 or 073 439 1247.