Martina Dahlmanns was born in Germany in the 1960s to war-traumatised parents. She first came to South Africa on a holiday after the first democratic elections, missed her flight back and never left. For as long as she can remember, writing has been her go-to-place allowing her to express the unthinkable and make sense of her feelings. Her writing career includes making up Chinese subtitles for Swedish porn and plotting weekly murders for a radio mystery show in Berlin. A Person My Colour is her first book.