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From the beginning, I didn’t want to elevate Harper to a slick, sophisticated, Hannibal Lecter-esque serial murderer. I wanted Harper to be more vile and awful, a cringing hyena rather than uber-predator. And it was equally important to me that I give each of Harper’s victims a voice: They aren’t nameless, silent corpses, and a lot of my research focused on finding out what makes these authentic, real-to-life women ‘shine’ in their time. They’re all exceptional in their respective eras, straining against their social or political circumstances. I took a lot of care to show that they had real lives, to present what their lives meant and convey how tragic it is that their potential has been cut short.” —

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Lauren Beukes is considered to be Africa’s Sci-fi queen. Her novel, Shinning Girls, was officially released in the US last month and is making considerable waves. Shinning Girls is a story about a time-travelling serial killer set in Chicago.

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.
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