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Born in Pietermaritzburg, South African author PRABASHINI MOODLEY moved to Durban with her husband 17 years ago. Her parents instilled in her a love of reading, which in turn sparked the desire to write stories that moved her.
Moodley learnt the art of research, writing and presentation through The Craft of Romance by Jean Saunder and Writing Popular Fiction by Rona Randall, alongside various other self-help materials. She also found the internet an extremely useful tool in developing her craft.
Moodley’s concerns involve romance, women abuse, alcoholism, issues of class, language, culture, skin colour, the exploration of identity and examination of sexual orientation. Described as historical sagas, her novels focus on the adventures of indentured Indians and their descendants across multiple generations.
Published in 2003, The Heart Knows no Colour is Moodley’s debut. Set in Natal during the 20th century, the book tells the tale of a young girl who moves with her family from India to South Africa, only to defy tradition by being involved in a love affair with an Englishman.
Moodley featured in Dr Devi Moodley Rajab’s book, Women: South Africans of Indian Origin published in 2011, wherein Moodley is described as ‘perhaps South Africa’s first Indian woman romantic period novelist who the white publishing houses have finally acknowledged as profitable and not a liability.’
In 2007, Moodley’s short story, Forgotten Souls, was published in Durban in a Word, a book by thirty writers each offering their own distinct view of the city. That same year, her article A Little Piece of Heaven, appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine.
The Ties That Bind is the title of Moodley’s upcoming novel, due for release in May 2014.
The Ties That Bind, Kwela, 2014
Follow Your Heart, Kwela, 2009
A Scent So Sweet, Kwela, 2006
The Heart Knows No Colour, Kwela, 2003