A BIT ABOUT MARELIZE ROETS
I am a born-and-bred South African with a soft British lilt in my voice. I aspire to be a best-selling, Pulitzer-Prize winning author. I use my writing to open a dialogue of encouragement to those who choose to follow a career path less traveled and to show naysayers how immensely influential writers are and can be. My ultimate personal goal is to understand myself fully through my writing. I use genres such as psychological horror, historical fiction, and drama to distinctly and purely express my thoughts and feelings.
My ultimate career goal is to be a college professor. I initially fell in love with education during one of my first jobs as a teacher. In 2013, I started a teaching position during my sophomore year at university in South Africa. I was employed to teach English and Afrikaans at a home-schooling institution for middle school and high school students with learning disabilities. In 2014, I was employed to tutor English Composition at the University of Johannesburg while I was a student in the Journalism department. Thereafter, in 2015, I was awarded a full scholarship to earn my honors degree in Journalism at the University of Johannesburg. I was also selected to tutor third year Journalism students in New Media Journalism and Broadcast Journalism.
After I earned my Journalism degree with honors, I relocated to the United States in pursuit of a BFA in Creative Writing. I enrolled at Full Sail University and, after two years, graduated as Valedictorian of my class in 2017. During my Full Sail University career, my flash fiction piece, "Summer," was published by Scarlet Leaf Review, I became a mentor and teaching associate for Visual Arts in the Entertainment and Media Industries, and I was appointed as an associate editor for the Orlando-based literary magazine Ghost Parachute. In December 2018, production wrapped on my first horror feature film where I worked with Reel Productions, Eagle Eye Entertainment Inc., and Domino Effect Productions to bring my terrifying prophecy to life. I am currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing (Fiction) at the University of Central Florida. I am also a graduate assistant for the Knights of Distinction co-curricular program under the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Florida and remain an associate editor for Ghost Parachute.
After four years of living in Orlando, I fancy myself a Florida native. I have learned to enjoy the taste of fried gator tail and Orange Blossom beer. I also immerse myself deeper into the outstanding local literary community by regularly attending readings and author meet-and-greets. As a globe-trotting member of the only white tribe in South Africa, I am rapidly gaining my ten thousand hours of experience writing. I live my life by making bad decisions until someone comes from the future to stop me.