Erna Gianotten was trained and worked for a while as a (dance) teacher.
She married a tropical doctor , at age 21, got a daughter and the three of them left for refugee camps in Gabon (West Africa).
Nine months later they left for a missionpost in East Africa where two sons were born, delivered by their father.
After a brief stay in Holland, the family went to live again in Tanzania on a sugar plantation.
Finally, when returning to Holland permanently, Erna started to work as a journalist for a number of magazines.
She is well-known as the author of children’s books on ballet and several successful non-fiction titles.
Covering her West African experiences, she wrote in Dutch the novel ‘I Didn’t Want to Go to Africa’.
She gave up her career as a journalist to be able to write the mainly autobiographical novel: The Golden Light of Africa.
Her last book ‘My Mother Barbera’ is about her Dutch family.
The Golden Light of Africa is going to be translated in English.