Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the township of Gugulethu in Cape Town, a close and supportive community. At home we were a family of seven, with my three siblings, all girls. I attended my former primary schools in this township until I left at fourteen years to attend an all girls' boarding school in the former Ciskei. My writing is strongly influenced by the environment, lessons, norms, beliefs and tendencies of where I grew up. My childhood experiences and issues still prevalent in our communities today influence my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in my teens. I would keep all these diaries where I wrote my experiences, thoughts and all sorts of things.