About Joanne Hichens
She holds degrees in art and psychology and has worked as an artist, lecturer and group facilitator at a psychiatric clinic before completing a Master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Cape Town.
Joanne co-authored a crime-thriller Out to Score, then wrote Stained as part of the Ransom Publishing Cutting Edge series which was published in the UK and has been sold to a French market.
She edited the first South African collection of crime-thriller fiction Bad Company, and edited The Bed Book of Short Stories for Modjaji Books. She’s written a number of short stories and articles, publised in ‘O’ Magazine, Real Simple, Itch and various anthologies, and writes opinion pieces for newspapers, including the Cape Times.
“Crime-thrillers bring the cruel and the tragic to our attention, and underscore the absurd and fragile nature of life. I’m of the opinion that crime-thriller writing can be as open-ended as real-life is. Sometimes there are loose ends, a messiness exists which can be shown through the writing. I prefer writing the bad guys, which comes easier to me if they’re verging on the psychopathic, or are at least rather over the top. I’ve always had a penchant for bizarre characters.
“Not only do I love the wicked entertainment, but crime-thrillers bring the cruel and tragic to our attention, and underscore the absurd and fragile nature of life.”