It's hard to get justice in the real world. It's possible in fiction.
I did a lot of research on real serial killers, and they're not Hannibal Lecters. They're cruel men who are given the opportunity to do something terrible, and a lot of the time it's about impotence. They feel powerless in the real world.
I've always loved Japanese legend, anime and manga.
Being a journalist, being exposed to the world, to social injustice, to intolerance, growing up here, under apartheid, benefitting from that, has all shaped who I am and what my passions are, and of course that's going to come through in my writing.
What I love about collaborating is that you're working with other minds that work differently to yours.
Twitter is amazing. I advertised for the position of research assistant on Twitter, and both of my researchers came from there.
Fiction is about telling a good story, first and foremost. But of course, everything I'm interested in or angry about leaks into my writing, from art to violence against women.
I've seen so many screw-ups of representations of South Africa, and it makes me so angry every time.
I moved to New York for love, and it was a disaster, in 2000. And then I had American friends who had lived in South Africa, and they were in Chicago. They said, 'Come and spend some time with us, and we'll help you get over it.'
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