Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Therese Beharrie and I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I got the news about my publishing contract with Harlequin/Mills&Boon the day before my twenty-fourth birthday in 2016, and my first book, The Tycoon’s Reluctant Cinderella, came out January 2017. I have an amazing husband – seriously, he’s the best – who’s supported me throughout my writing career, and we have two Husky fur-babies.
What do you enjoy about being an author?
Being a published author is a dream come true for me, so I love being able to live my dream! More specifically, I love writing about diverse characters who overcome challenges, and giving the hope of that to my readers through my romance novels.
What type of romance stories do you write? And why?
I write for Harlequin Romance/Mills&Boon Cherish, which is contemporary romance all about the rush of falling in love. That rush and the emotion of it have always been my favourite parts of reading romance, so it felt natural to write stories which specifically focus on that.
Favorite place in Africa? There’s no other option for me except my home, Cape Town, South Africa
Why do you think African romance authors and stories set on the continent are important?
The world is too diverse for only one kind of story to be told, and for our stories to be told, African romance authors need to tell them. I think that setting books in Africa and writing characters who are diverse (for example, who look like me) are important to help more people feel represented and included so that diversity can become a norm in the industry.
Do you think romance stories set in Africa & Africans vital to the publishing industry? If yes/no, why do you say so?
Absolutely yes, very much because of what I said in the previous answer. I also think that Africans contribute substantially to the romance market in terms of sales, so why shouldn’t we see ourselves in the books we support?
What traditional food do you love, that one can only find in Africa?
My father would often make umgqusho (samp and beans) for us when we were growing up, and I love it so much that to this day, married and out of the house as I am, I beg him to make it for me!