Charmaine Stewart was born and raised in the Old Transvaal. She lived the life of a model citizen for the first 20 years of her adult life, working hard and raising her three children. Once into her forties, though, she decided to go out and find the adventure she had always craved. She and her husband moved to Namibia where they built and ran the Langholm Hotel for 10 years while exploring the country. They then moved to England for another 10 years and are now back in Namibia, where she still finds time to write.