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Although Angelika Wohlrab (aka Liz Brand) was born in Germany, she grew up on a farm in the Free State Province of South Africa. As the oldest of seven children, she often entertained her siblings with fairytales, which progressed to relating her own make-believe stories. After a shaky start, she eventually loved being a boarder during her years at high school in Hermannsburg, KwaZulu-Natal, and afterwards at the university in Bloemfontein. 

After getting married to an immigrant from Austria, the couple and their two daughters moved to Johannesburg, where they still live. After years as a successful sales manager, Angelika decided on a drastic change of lifestyle by becoming a freelance tourist guide, which enabled her to concentrate on her writing. She admits that she’s a hopeless housewife but an enthusiastic entertainer and a compulsive educator. 

Angelika writes in English, prefers to communicate in Afrikaans and mainly speaks German to her family and the tourists she proudly introduces to her adopted country.