Colleen Higgs of Modjaji Books reckons Crime Pays…


Joanne Hichens grills Colleen Higgs, the majority shareholder and managing publisher of Modjaji Books, an independent feminist South African publishing company, about the challenges of venturing into new territory. After publishing over seventy home-grown literary and poetry titles, Modjaji Books, going strong, is now publishing crime and thriller fiction. Firstly, tell us a little about the origins of the name of your publishing house. I know that Modjadji the Rain Queen, the hereditary Queen of Balobedu, a people of the Limpopo Province of South Africa, […] Read more »

Hot reads: a killer interview with Mukoma Wa Ngugi


Africa Scene @ITW The Big Thrill – with Mũkoma Wa Ngũgĩ Thanks to Mũkoma Wa Ngũgĩ for a chat around story, politics, and his dual roots in USA and Kenya. He is a thriller-writer, poet, and essayist, and is currently a professor of English at Cornell University. His columns have appeared in The Guardian, International Herald Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. He’s been a guest on Democracy Now, Al Jazeera and the BBC World Service, and his fiction has […] Read more »

Farm murder keeps cops guessing in WEEPING WATERS

Weeping Waters

Joanne Hichens chats to Karin Brynard, journalist, political correspondent, and award-winning author, of the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize and Two M-Net Awards. Here, she answers questions about WEEPING WATERS, the translation of her debut Afrikaans novel, PLAASMOORD. This richly textured and complex crime novel begins with Sara returning to the family farm in the Kalahari, after her sister, the prophetic and talented artist, Freddie, is murdered. Sara, an astute journalist, soon discovers that underlying the crime is a complex […] Read more »

Anthology of lusty fiction paves way for real life discussion of Sex

Adults only

As editor of the Short Sharp Stories Awards anthology Adults Only published in July of this year, I was privileged to work with many talented writers who tackled the theme of ‘love, lust, sex and sensuality’ with honesty and verve.   Why do an anthology with this theme? Not simply in consideration of the fact that erotica had captured the public imagination, but to offer, through fiction, a broader understanding of South African sex and sensuality in the new millennium. […] Read more »

Roger Smith’s DUST DEVILS and CAPTURE in print in USA

Roger Smith is the best-selling South African author of MIXED BLOOD, WAKE UP DEAD, DUST DEVILS, CAPTURE, and SACRIFICES

Roger Smith is the best-selling South African author of MIXED BLOOD, WAKE UP DEAD, DUST DEVILS, CAPTURE, and SACRIFICES. His thrillers are published in seven languages and two are in development as movies.  He recently agreed to answer a few questions for THE BIG THRILL. Two of your books, DUST DEVILS and CAPTURE, have just been published in print in the U.S. for the first time. Yes, I’m very pleased by this, because I have quite an enthusiastic following in […] Read more »

Which Bitch will we Love to Hate? Angela Makholwa’s Black Widow Society

Black Widow Society

This interview was originally posted at INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS February 2014 issue of THE BIG THRILL: By Joanne Hichens This month Joanne Hichens interviews businesswoman and author Angela Makholwa. A very busy woman indeed. Apart from writing thrillers and running her company Britespark Communications, she is also a wife and mother to two tots. Angela Makholwa’s debut crime thriller, RED INK(2009), is set in gritty contemporary Johannesburg. The story is loosely based on her C-Max prison interviews with a convicted serial killer. […] Read more »