Mandisa Avutia is a Johannesburg based writer and author of The Girl from the Hole and the AfriCan Authors’ Awards 2020 Fiction Novel category winner, Anathi A Lifeless Womb, the first of three books in her Truth-seeker series.
Avutia writes fiction, that tackles the generational secrets within families. In the truth seeker series, she follows three generations of women from the same family and maps how their individual choices affect the whole. Avutia is currently working on book two of the series, Amahle: The Love You Seek and Ncane, with great hopes to release both books at the end of 2020.
She also helps other writers their writing and promotional journey, with the understanding that money can be tight for new writers and therefore her rates are customized for each client. Her biggest concern is being part of the solution to the calibre of books released in South Africa. She envisions a literary scene where all authors support each other and find ways to improve the levels of reading in South Africa. With her initiative, the Aurhors’ Corner, she hopes to bring self-published authors together in a way that builds the authors, their readership and their writing and marketing skills.
Avutia has been reading since she could make sense of the symbols across the pages, and writing since she was 15, after her English teacher at Saint Stithians, a prestigious school for Girls’ in Johannesburg, encouraged her to keep writing when she produced a short story about the absence of her father. She has since delved into talking and healing the childhood emotional traumas through her writing, with the hope that all who read her books may find, comfort in not being alone and courage to heal. And more importantly, she hopes she finds her own healing through writing so she can be better equipped to parent her two sons, Qhawe and Shaka. And become a better wife to her husband and longtime friend, Thom.
Avutia is all about being “the people’s” author and so she loves chatting and catching up with all her readers. If you don’t have her on your Whatsapp list, then find her on Facebook and Instagram or just drop her an email here