Tuesday 1 December 2015

Eight Great South African Indie Fiction Authors (Plus One Bonus)

Recently, I found myself thinking about South African fiction authors, and quite a few names sprang to mind. On the contemporary side, we have Lauren Beukes, Charlie Human, and Wilbur Smith, but then there are the obvious greats like Herman Charles Bosman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Nadine Gordimer... the list is practically endless.

Now, let's think of independent or self-published South African fiction authors... Hmm, right? Well, I can think of two, right of the bat: Ryan Peter and Jo Robinson. But that's about it.

I decided that, being a South African indie author myself, this was never going to do. I did some research, and without further ado, here are my eight South African Independent Fiction Authors. Got any to add? Let me know in the comments below:

1. Ryan Peter

Ryan Peter is a writer, journalist and ghostwriter from Johannesburg, South Africa. He writes fantasy and sci-fi and anything to do with the "weird" while he enjoys conversing (and writing, of course) on topics such as faith and theology. His books are widely available at Amazon and other major online retailers. He is the author of "When Twins War", a fantasy epic; "Your Single Happiness"; "The Butcher's Shadow", an upcoming ghost story thriller; "Holy Sin" (upcoming); and a sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Treasure Island.

Check out Ryan's books on Amazon or Smashwords, or visit his author website,

2. Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson currently resides in her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for many years. Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing. Her stories are mostly about people, and the sometimes dark twists that life takes. She also writes science fiction/fantasy, humour, and horror, not being one to restrict herself.

Find Jo's books on Amazon, or visit her blog at

3. Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan is a South African author who spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn't for her--after all, they didn't approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart.

She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series.

Find Rachel on Amazon or Smashwords, or visit her author website at

4. Stephen Hayes

Stephen Hayes lives in Tshwane, South Africa. He is a freelance writer, editor, teacher, and missiologist. He is also an Orthodox deacon, an Inklings fan, a church historian, and researcher on African Independent Churches and his own family history.

Find Stephen's latest book, Of Wheels and Witches, on Smashwords.

5. Bridgitte Lesley

Bridgitte Lesley is situated near Durban in South Africa.

Introducing a new character to a reader is something she loves doing. Literary fiction is exactly that! Where a story is woven around a character, or even a few. At the same time, romance is part of the deal. Bridgitte loves a happy ever after. But she does enjoy weaving the story of how characters get to meet. In all her novels you will find that thread of romance. From the beginning to the end. Romance is a passion.

You can find Bridgitte's books on Amazon or Smashwords.

6. Lynelle Clark

Lynelle Clark is a South African, loves her country people, and the rich history.

She is living in Gauteng, South Africa.

She started to write in the beginning of 2010 after she found herself isolated and without work.

Her love for reading prompted her to write her own stories drawing from life’s experiences and lessons learned.

You can find Lynelle's books on Amazon or Smashwords. Or, you can visit her author website at

7. Carmen Botman

Carmen Botman is a South African multi-genre writer. She is a qualified Occupational Therapist, but has dreamt of being a writer ever since she was a little girl. She lives in Pretoria with her husband and Labrador named Daisy. She initially started writing for the teen and young adult, however she has discovered that she also enjoys writing contemporary dramas and stories of the dystopian genre. She currently has two self-published novelettes on Amazon, namely Dahlias and Daisies and the first part of a dystopian series called The Icarus Curse. Part two will be available shortly. She enjoys interacting and networking with other writers. She especially enjoys hearing from fans.

Visit Carmen on Amazon or Smashwords, or at her blog,

8. Evadeen Brickwood

Evadeen Brickwood lives with her family in Johannesburg.

Her works published to date in the "Remember the Future" youth series include: "Children of the Moon" (in the German version "Kinder des Mondes") and "The Speaking Stone of Caradoc". Her novel "Singing Lizards" is set in Botswana and was also translated into German ("Singende Eidechsen"). Her latest novel "Abenteuer Halbmond", which is about a teenager in the seventies, who is invited to a wedding in Pakistan, is currently published in German.

Evadeen can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, or her author website,

Honourable Mention

Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention myself, wouldn't I? So, for your bonus South African indie author, I hereby present...

Graham Downs

Graham Downs is a South African author. He was born in Alberton, in Gauteng, South Africa, and now lives in Germiston with his wife. Aside from being an independent author, he is a computer programmer in Rivonia.

Graham is the author of five books in four different genres: A Petition to Magic (fantasy), Heritage of Deceit (Thriller/Romance), Stingers (Young Adult Social Issues), and Billy's zombie and Heaven and Earth: Paranormal Flash Fiction (Both Horror/Paranormal Fantasy).

You can find me on Amazon, Smashwords, or my author website,

So, who did I leave out? Please comment below, and let me know!

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