Jacqueline Setti Hardman

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Jacqueline Setti Hardman is a Zambian born novelist who has lived in South Africa for the past twenty years. She has lived in Lusaka, where she was born in 1983, as well as Reading, England where she began school. Her father was a well renowned artist in Zambia. Her mother is a high school teacher.

She moved to Grahamstown, South Africa when her father read for his master's in fine art at Rhodes University. Jacqueline has degree in Politics and History (Rhodes University / UNISA) as well as a post graduate diploma in Creative Writing (UCT / Penguin Random House).

Her debut novel, Into the Void, is a "not your typical girl-meets-girl" modern lit-fiction debut set in the affluent suburbs of present-day Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Jacqueline Setti Hardman I did have writers block when I started out. I would run more than usual, pounding the pavement with my frustration.

After a few years of this, I bega…more
I did have writers block when I started out. I would run more than usual, pounding the pavement with my frustration.

After a few years of this, I began waiting for the fog to lift on its own. I would begin to let those voices in my head be heard one by one and be compartmentalized into sections-what I call boxes-in my head.

I have never sat in front of a computer waiting for the words and the feelings to surface. I rather imagine scenarios while I clean the house, play mum's taxi or even ironing the endless white shirts my kids wear with their uniforms.

With writing Into The Void, I borrowed from Haruki Murakami's philosophy; I write until I get that feeling that I can write forever and then I stop. This gave me enough space and energy to continue on the next day. It makes the writing exciting and keeps it fresh; like an old couple who refuse to let their romance-the one at the beginning when they dated die.(less)
Jacqueline Setti Hardman I am an introvert. Really, I fumble with people who I know, and do not know. I always replay my conversations with people minutes or hours after.

I al…more
I am an introvert. Really, I fumble with people who I know, and do not know. I always replay my conversations with people minutes or hours after.

I always find that I could have said something more intelligible, witty or funny. When I write, I can release the funny, the witty side of myself, in real time.

I am nothing like my characters, I just love being in their space and environment.

I prefer to write shorter works because I enjoy capturing the one crucial episode in the characters life.

Writing is like breathing, I feel complete.(less)
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The Wronged – my second novel

I have published my second novel, The Wronged. Sisters, Naomi and Dorcas, have lost their parents within months of each other. Alone and destitute, the sisters have different views on how to approach the future. Naomi is a beautiful, smart and wants the best of what life has to offer. She has a matchmaker extraordinaire …

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