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Jassy Mackenzie

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About Jassy Mackenzie

Jassy MackenzieJassy, the second youngest of five daughters, was born in what was then Rhodesia and moved to South Africa when she was eight years old. She is a member of a writerly family; her mother Ann Mackenzie was a well-known short-story writer in her day, and her sister Vicky Jones, who lives in New Zealand, is a prize-winning author of children’s books.

Today, Jassy is the editor of HJ, a hair and beauty trade magazine. She also edits and writes for the annual publication “Best of South Africa”. She has had numerous non-fiction articles on a wide variety of subjects published locally and internationally over the past eleven years. She lives in Johannesburg with her partner, two horses and two cats.

Jassy says: “Writing a first novel is a scary process, almost as frightening as having a gun jammed against your head and being dragged out of your car by your throat. But while an act of violence is committed in a heartbeat, a novel takes much longer. Writing a book takes months. It’s like living with a psychopathic axe murderer whose sanity might snap at any moment. My belief in the story kept me going. I am inspired by the hope that one day I can share the terrifying, exhilarating essence of Johannesburg with readers across the world.”


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