Sue Nyathi

The Writers Write Interview – Sue Nyathi

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Sue Nyathi is a Zimbabwean author. She was born and raised in Bulawayo and now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her young son. Her most recent novel is A Family Affair (Macmillan, 2020). Sue worked in finance for some years, but is now focusing on her true love for writing. Her first novel, The Polygamist, was published in 2012 and fans will be pleased to know she is currently writing a sequel. Her second novel, The GoldDiggers, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2018.

The Writers Write Interview With Sue Nyathi

The Author: Sue Nyathi
Date: 24 November 2020
Place: Home Sweet Home
Date of birth: 23 June 1978
The Book: A Family Affair

A Family Affair by Sue Nyathi

1.   Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Definitely Ayla in the Earth’s Children Series by Jean M Auel.

2.   What is your most treasured possession?

My mind. Mind over matter. I don’t ever want to lose my mind.

3.   Which living person do you most dislike?

I wouldn’t be able to honestly respond this without enduring grave consequences.

4.   What is your greatest fear?

Not living long enough to see my son grow. I worry about him growing up motherless.

5.   Who or what has been the greatest love of your life?

Who: My son. There is something pure and untainted about the love you have for your child. It truly is unconditional love.

What: Writing, nothing makes me feel more alive than writing characters into life and gifting people a story.

6.   What is your greatest regret?

Not choosing a better father for my son. I feel I failed him in that regard. I have a great relationship with my own father; he will be robbed off that.

7.   If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?

Maura Ryan in Martina Cole’s Dangerous Lady and Maura’s Game. She was a badass. I love her!!

8.   Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

Pride and Prejudice. I had to; it was one of my Cambridge A Level English Literature set books. I had to know it inside out, but I loved it so I didn’t mind reading it and re-reading it.

9.   What is your favourite journey?

The journey to self discovery.

10. What is your favourite quotation?

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of which is not seen.” ~Hebrews 11:1

11.  What do you prefer, Dogs or Cats? 

Dogs. Cats are too needy.

12. What do you most value in a friend?


13.  What quality do you most admire in a woman?


14.  Which book that  you’ve written is your favourite? Why?

That’s like asking who is your favourite child. It’s a difficult question to answer and, if answered, is rarely ever honest. So my answer, no faves. I love them all.

15. What are your favourite names?

Luthando. Luyanda. Nomonde. Siyanda. Xhanti. I am enthralled with Xhosa names.

16.  What do you do as a hobby?

I binge watch television series.

17.  What are your top three books? 

I have favourites for each year. Some years are better than others!


  1. All my lies are true by Dorothy Koomson
  2. Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
  3. Into the Sun by Takalani M


  1. Hum of the Sun by Kirsten Miller
  2. In the Midst of Wolves by Kurt Ellis
  3. Theory of Flight by Sipiwe Gloria Ndlovu


  1. In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
  2. The Youth of God by Hassan Ghedi Santur
  3. The Broken River Tent by Mputhumi Ntabeni

18.  Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

Life. Every day provides inspiration.

19. What is your writing routine?

I try write to from 8am to 2pm every day. I don’t always get it write but I try.

20. What are your Top Five (or 10) Writing Tips?

  1. The first draft is not the final draft.
  2. Writers read.
  3. Procrastination is the greatest thief of time.
  4. Writers write.
  5. Writing requires patience, passion, and perseverance. Without the 3Ps you will never finish a manuscript or get it published.

Interview: via email

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