ABOUT

"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." – Stephen Covey

Hi there, I’'m Danie Botha.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet.

Have you ever wondered how can we live lives that matter? How we can lead fulfilling lives and impact our world?


There are many ways to do this—one is through storytelling.


Storytelling changes lives. Storytelling transports, transforms, and heals us.


Everybody has a story. But many of us struggle to get our story out. We become silent, believing our story doesn't matter, isn't worth telling.

Life is wonderful and also bitter hard. Life is often not fair and along the way, we experience emotional trauma and pain—often leaving lifelong wounds. Many of us struggle with these emotional wounds, believing nothing can be done about it.


However, storytelling, closer reading, expressive writing, and creative art are effective tools to help heal us.


We can learn how to let our stories be heard.

I do not claim to have all the answers, but have seen and experienced the power of storytelling.


I wear many hats. I’m a physician, an author, an artist, and fitness enthusiast. I have published two novels, Maxime and Be Silent, the novella, Be Good, and the short story, Young Maxime. (More is on its way!) My newest novel, An Unfamiliar Kindness, debuted in October 2018.


I write short stories and poetry, and blog about storytelling, writing stronger prose, closer reading, the writer’s life, and writing as healing.


Together we’ll see and explore what works and what’s possible.


Through my books, articles, and other writing, my goal is to:


touch,
challenge,
and transform the reader.

My goal is to make the reader pause and compel them to think. Yes, I want to entertain them, make them laugh; sometimes make them cry, but also inform and inspire and above all, challenge them to grow.


If we never challenge the status quo (and ourselves), seek the truth, and come up with better models, nothing can ever change or improve.


I was born in Zambia and completed my school education and medical training in South Africa. I later specialized in Anesthesiology.


Since kindergarten, I fell hopelessly in love with books and reading. The writing came later. I have called Canada home for the past nineteen years.


If you are passionate about this, as I am, and wish to learn more about storytelling and how you can impact your world, this is the place for you. Join me on the journey!

We can learn how to tell our stories.

I do not claim to have all the answers, but have seen and experienced the power of storytelling.


I wear many hats. I’m a physician, an author, an artist, and fitness enthusiast. (Positive aging is a thing! It works.) I have published three novels, An Unfamiliar Kindness, Maxime, and Be Silent, the novella, Be Good, and the short story, Young Maxime. (More is on its way!)


I also write short stories, poetry, and blog about storytelling, the writer’s life, and creative art and writing as healing.


Together we’ll see and explore what works and what’s possible.


My goal is to:


touch,
challenge,
and transform the reader.


If we never challenge the status quo (and ourselves), seek the truth, and come up with better models, nothing can ever change or improve.


I was born in Zambia and completed my school education and medical training in South Africa. I later specialized in Anesthesiology. I am husband to Isabella, father to two amazing daughters, and grandfather to two boys and a girl. Oh, what joy!


Since kindergarten, I fell hopelessly in love with books and reading. The writing came later. We have called Canada home for the past twenty years.


If you wish to learn more about storytelling, expressive writing, and creative art, and how you can impact your world, this is the place for you. Join me on the journey!

If you don’t want to miss out on anything, sign up for updates.  On average I publish one article each week. I also send out a monthly newsletter.


When you sign up, you'll receive a FREE eBook of your choice: Be Good, a novella, prequel to my novel Be Silent, or Young Maxime, prequel to my novel Maxime.

If you don’t want to miss out on anything, sign up for updates.  On average I publish one article each week. I also send out a monthly newsletter.


When you sign up, you'll receive a FREE eBook of your choice: Be Good, a novella, prequel to my novel Be Silent, or Young Maxime, the prequel to my novel Maxime.

A calling can consume. And this can be a problem for a man of the cloth.


It is one thing for a driven preacher to turn big game hunter. It is an entirely different narrative when a wounded 2,200-pound bull is turned into a killing machine. 

Maxime does not believe in fate and has his doubts about serendipity.


He has learned, growing up in the shadow of an older brother and father, not to throw matters to the four corners of the wind to fend for themselves.


A calling can consume. And this can be a problem for a man of the cloth.


It is one thing for a driven preacher to turn big game hunter. It is an entirely different narrative when a wounded 2,200-pound bull is turned into a killing machine. 

Maxime does not believe in fate and has his doubts about serendipity.


He has learned, growing up in the shadow of an older brother and father, not to throw matters to the four corners of the wind to fend for themselves.


What readers are saying:

“I am thankful for your example and teachings—as a physician and as an author. Be blessed.”

“This was a lovely read.”

“Thank you for making us aware of what we can accomplish . . . “

“I love this! I wish this for myself and others too.”

“I loved your eloquent descriptions …”

“Thank you so much! I have copied your suggestions and will look into them.”


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You can also make contact with me on Twitter and Facebook. I look forward to connecting with you!


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