The author’s interest in issues associated with the poor and the people of the Karoo developed when she and Colin ran a petrol station in Prince Albert for 12 years. The experience meant she came into contact with people who move under the radar of modern society. It shaped her thinking on poverty and inspired her books.
Carol Campbell is a Durban-based journalist who writes novels after hours. She covered South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994 and went on to win a British Council award for education reporting the following year. Her first novel, My Children Have Faces, (Karretjiemense in Afrikaans) based on the donkey cart people of the Great Karoo, was published to critical acclaim in 2013. Her second novel, Esther’s House (n Huis vir Ester in Afrikaans) on South Africa’s housing crisis, was published by Random House in 2014. Both Carol’s novels are published in the United States by Waveland Press. She is married to businessman Colin Campbell and they have two children Stuart and David. Carol’s other interests are horse riding and walking.