Wow! She’s just 14 and she’s published

By Nerissa Card

At just 14, Nobukhosi Buthelezi is a published author.

A grade 9 pupil at Wartburg Kirchdorf School, she recently launched her book, Royal Scars. It’s about a girl whose life changes dramatically after the brutal death of her mother.

Later, she falls in love with a prince, whom she discovers has a secret – a secret that may tarnish his reputation in the community.

Not plain sailing

Work on her book, published by Intentionally Elegant Publishers, began in February and she completed it in June. As is the case with many authors, it was not plain sailing for Nobukhosi to get it out.

Getting her work ready for publishing was a good learning curve for young Wartburg writer, Nobukhosi Buthelezi. Picture: Kat Stokes/Unsplash

“It was a hassle! I had a lot of problems with the book cover. Also, in a few chapters there were spelling mistakes, which I only noticed the day before the book had to be sent for printing.” All in a day’s work and a lesson learnt for a young writer.

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Nobukhosi started writing in grade 5. “It was a poem, but I never really took it seriously.”

She says she gets her inspiration from the people around her. “I love to study people and then write about them, predict their futures.”

Nobukhosi Buthelezi. Picture: Supplied

Originally from Mtubatuba, on the KZN north coast, Nobukhosi is a boarder at Wartburg Kirchdorf. Her home is in Paulpietersburg, where her mother, Lindiwe, works for the department of social development. Her brother, Sicelinhlanhla, is a fashion designer who has been making waves at the Durban Fashion Fair since 2017.

As for her future plans, Nobukhosi is interested in forensic science, but says she plans to study journalism when she finishes school.

“I am definitely planning to write my whole life,” she says. You go, girl!

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