I was born in Jelenia Góra, Poland, and lived in Austria, the United States and Wales, before finding a home in South Africa when I met and married the love of my life, the author André Brink. My doctoral thesis was published as Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer Writing Post-Apartheid South Africa (2008). I am the editor of Touch: Stories of Contact (2009), Encounters with André Brink (2010), Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink (with Willie Burger, 2013), Water: New Short Fiction from Africa (with Nick Mulgrew, 2015), Misplaced & Other Stories: New Short Fiction from African Kids (with Catherine Shepherd, 2017), Hair: Weaving and Unpicking Stories of Identity (with Joanne Hichens, 2019) and Disruption: New Short Fiction from Africa (with Rachol Zadok and Jason Mykl Snyman, 2021). My play for young adults, A Change of Mind, won the MML Literature Award in the Category English Drama in 2012. I also write short stories, essays, poetry and book reviews. In 2018, I received the Thomas Pringle Award for a portfolio of ad hoc reviews from the English Academy of Southern Africa. My debut novel, Invisible Others (2014), was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. My memoir The Fifth Mrs Brink was published in 2017 and You Make Me Possible: The Love Letters of Karina M. Szczurek and André Brink in 2018. I am a board member of SSDA and New Contrast. In 2019, I founded Karavan Press, an independent publishing house devoted to excellence and integrity and, in 2020, I established the Philida Literary Award. I live in Cape Town with my cat family: Glinka, Salieri and Mozart.