Joha van Dyk is a 25-year-old postgraduate student at Stellenbosch University. She grew up on a farm in Kleinzee on the Namaqualand West Coast. She obtained her BA degree in humanities in 2018, as well as a TEFL certificate. She is currently working on her Ph.D in English while tutoring part-time. Branderjaer (2020) is her debut novel and she inspires young readers to discover diverse worlds through books.