From an early age, Angela Makholwa harbored dreams of becoming a storyteller. Her love for the written word led to her first short story being published at the age of 13 in the popular youth publication; Upbeat Magazine. From that moment, the bug had bitten. Angela went onto graduate as a Journalism major at Rhodes University and practiced as a journalist for several years before starting her own PR and events management company; Britespark Communications in 2002.
Her debut novel, Red Ink is a crime thriller set in Johannesburg which was published to both public and critical acclaim in 2007. This was followed by “The 30th Candle”, a book that revolves around four university friends who navigate their way to their 30th birthdays with humorous and sometimes unexpected results. The book is currently being adopted to screenplay.
The “Black Widow Society” (published in 2013) follows the cloak and dagger workings of a secret society of middle -class women who plot to eliminate their errant husbands through devious and underhanded means, giving fresh meaning to the words “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. The Black Widow Society is soon to be updated for the screen.
Her latest novel “Blessed Girl” was published in 2017 by Pan Macmillan in South Africa and Bloomsbury Publishing in the UK, the US and in India. Blessed Girl was recently shortlisted for the UK’s Comedy Women in Print Prize. The book was also shortlisted for the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Literary Awards.
In 2021, she published her latest novel, Critical, But Stable, also published by Pan Macmillan.