I am Zimbabwean, but I moved to New Zealand in 2002, and then to Austin, Texas in 2010 (hooray, warm weather once more!). I live very happily here with my wonderful husband, Jimi Dharma, who is the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist for the bands The Dizzy Bangers and The Jimi Dharma Band, as well as bassist for The Rushmore State, and Patrich Shea. I also live with three ungrateful cats and an awesome stepdaughter.
I have a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Book Publishing from Whitireia Arts College, Wellington. I’ve worked as a book buyer, a bookseller, an editor and a fairy. My MFA thesis at the University of Canterbury was a novel based on my experiences growing up in post-Independence Zimbabwe. That novel became, after many rewrites and revisions, The Cry of the Go Away Bird, published by Harvill Secker (an imprint of Random House UK) in 2011 and released as a Dutch edition by Orlando later in the year. My second novel, The White Shadow, was released in early 2012, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize. Since then, I have also published two collections of poetry, The Making of Stones and New Monsters, as well as the first in a series of children’s books, Rennies, and a Young Adult fantasy novel, Heartbreak.. I am represented by the wonderful Vivien Green of Sheil Land Associates.
As well as writing, I also work as an English teacher, as an editor, and as a fairy at Sherwood Forest Faire.