Penny was a journalist and columnist for more than three decades, writing for leading South African newspapers and magazines before yielding to a lifelong yearning to create fiction. Her stories feature remarkable women, illustrate her love for nature and animals, and explore the interconnectedness of all living things.
Penny’s second historical fiction, The Woman at the Wheel was published by Sourcebooks in 2023, following The Invincible Miss Cust (2022). The Wilderness Between Us (2021) is contemporary fiction while Nicko (2017) is a children’s book. Penny lives in Hout Bay with her husband and three dogs, all of whom are well-walked.