To begin with, who is your favourite Zulu brother and why?

I don’t have a favourite but I’m closer to Mqhele haha. I created them so I have to love them equally.

Which wife do you relate with?

Hlomu in a way, physically I’d say Naledi. Hlomu is the first character I developed. I still disagree with her on many things.

Do you agree with her staying with Mqhele regardless of the abuse?

I wouldn’t stay. She had her reasons .

Any luck on a 4th book for Hlomu loyals?

Yep, I’m working on it.

What was the inspiration behind the 8 brothers?

The inspiration around the whole series is black life, love, family, struggle and resilliance. I like that a lot of people can relate to the stories.

We know the response to the series was overwhelming; what was your response to the readers’ feedback? Did you expect it?

Nope not at all; But I’m not complaining.

Lastly outside your writing, who is Dudu?

I’m an ordinary girl from Durban. Journalist by profession. Introvert. Married. No kids. Oh and they say I’m humble.


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