South African author, Cynthia Jele was recently announced as one of the winners of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Africa region. Her book, “Happiness is a Four-Letter Word” scooped top prize in the “Best First Book” category beating off stiff competition from the likes of Chioma Okereke, Alastair Bruce and E.C. Osundu.
Africa Book Club interviewed Jele about the exciting news, her new book and her budding writing career. She also talks her source of inspiration as a writer and what it takes to succeed.