Consuelo Roland started off in the information technology business before switching to writing. She completed an MA degree in creative writing at the University of Cape Town. Her debut novel, The Good Cemetery Guide, was short-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize 2006 and received special mention from the Olive Schreiner judges. She has had short stories and poetry published in Twist, Women Flashing, South Africa Writing, Writing the Self and the Sunday Times. Her essay, ‘Was Ayn Rand Wrong? An essay on capitalism’, appeared in The Face of The Spirit: a century of essays by South African Women published by the Department of Art & Culture.