WATCH: British novelist Lesley Pearse on her dark side and the power of writing

Bestselling author Lesley Pearse is in South Africa to promote her forthcoming book and her novel "Dead to Me", which is due to be released in paperback.

She joined CapetTalk host Pippa Hudson to chat about her literary career and inspiration.

Dubbed by many as 'the queen of storytelling', Pearse has published 24 books to date, with a very late start in literature.

She started writing at 35 and was first published when she was 48-years-old, but says she was always a storyteller.

I never saw storytelling as a career. It was just something I did.

Lesley Pearse, bestselling author

She's written genres including crime, romance and historical drama and spoke candidly about the dark influences in her writing and the power of putting pen to paper.

I've always liked anything grim... I do like the dark side of life.

Lesley Pearse, bestselling author

I think emotionally damaged children has been my forte. It wrote seven books before I realised there was a common thread.

Lesley Pearse, bestselling author

Pearse shared details about her upbringing and hardships, as well as the cathartic effect writing has had in her life.

WATCH: Lesley Pearse opens up about her literary journey

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