Cynthia Jele is a thirty-something-year-old South African-born writer. She grew up in a small border town in Mpumalanga.
Cynthia’s claim to fame was winning 1st and 4th prize in the 2008 BTA/Anglo-Platinum Short Story Competition. She also holds a BA in International Business from North Central College, Illinois, and is currently employed as a management consultant. She lives in the northern suburbs of Joburg.
Happiness is a Four-Letter Word is Jele’s debut novel and won the Best First Book category (Africa region) in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2011, as well as the 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the Film category.
Photo: Lisa Skinner