Hey there! I’m Stella, aka Orphan Writes. I’m quite an introvert, so meeting this way is probably best for me! Hahaha. 

I am a South African writer and overthinker (I’m working on stopping the latter). I was born in the 90s in the busy city of Johannesburg to two Congolese parents (Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaîre). Long story short, when I was 10 years old, both my parents died in a car accident on the same day. Needless to say, my life took an unexpected and unfortunate turn that day…

Fast forward a couple of years, here’s what I do: 

I blog about grief
I started writing a long time before I became an orphan. In fact, if I recall correctly, I started writing my own songs and stories before I knew how to spell. I guess writing has always been an important part of my life, but it was only after my parents died that it truly became an indispensable one. 

​My grief blog is about my thoughts, raw emotions and real struggles and triumphs of life as an orphan. Sometimes there are tears, and at times there are laughs. They are all a part of my journey, a journey I'd like to share with you, with truth and love. ​By sharing a bit about me, I hope to inspire and motivate you - to pour a bit of positivity into your life.

I write for others
I write blog posts for small businesses. I mostly write lifestyle, mental health, self-improvement and African opinion pieces. Also, I am currently ghostwriting a political mémoire. If you’d like to work with me, please feel free to drop me a message via my contact page. 

I write fiction and non-fiction 
I’ve written quite a few short stories and essays. Also, I am currently writing an autobiographical book on grief. I’m looking forward to sharing this with the world. 

I write a bit of poetry 
I am no poetry connaisseur. I just read what I like and I write what I like with no particular attention to the do’s and don'ts of poetry (well, at least no conscious attention). 

I review books (and other publications) that I enjoy
Why not? 

5 Random and Not-So-Random Facts about Me

  1. I married my best friend (cliché but true) and together we have a beautiful daughter (again, cliché but true).

  2. I am a financial accountant by profession (we all have bills to pay, right?).

  3. I hate the smell of coffee (don’t judge).

  4. I love watching those “soap carving” videos! SO satisfying! 

  5. Colourism (any form of it) makes me cringe! Yuck! 

Anyway, welcome to my little world of writing. I hope you enjoy your stay and come visit often. If you fancy, you can join my mailing list so that you never miss a post.

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Oh, and can I toot my own horn real quick? Here are a few of my  interviews and achievements: 

Okay, I’m done for now. Merci beaucoup! 

Peace & Love, always...

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