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Sara-Jayne Makwala King on the sequel to her memoir Killing Karoline

John Maytham talks to Sara-Jayne Makwala King, host of CapeTalk’s Weekend Breakfast, about his latest book Mad, Bad, Love.

– Makwala-King published his first successful memoir Kill Karolina in 2017

– Following the publication of the book, she was reunited with her biological father and has since taken his name.

– Her latest book _Mad Bad Love_ was released on August 1 and deals with issues of addiction, motherhood, childhood trauma and healing

Life seems good for Sara-Jayne. She’s a popular radio personality, best-selling author and recently reunited with her long-lost father, nearly 40 years after he was given up for adoption as a baby.

Even better, she has just learned that she is about to become a mother, with Enver, “the love of her life”.

She is convinced that she is finally heading towards her “happily ever after”. But six weeks after discovering that she is pregnant, Enver relapses on heroin and disappears…

So read the blurb of the new book by CapeTalk presenter Sara-Jayne Makwala King, crazy bad lovethe rest of his memoirs shortlisted for the UJ Prize Kill Karolina.

Published in 2017, Kill Karolin told Makwala King’s story of being born ‘Karoline’ in 1980, the result of an affair between a white mother and a black father, both of whom had worked at the Balalaika Hotel in Johannesburg.

The affair (illegal under apartheid immorality law) and the birth of Makwala King led to an elaborate cover-up and rushed adoption overseas, seeing the newborn adopted and raised by a white couple in the UK.

In his latest book Mad Bad Love, Makwala King teams up again with maverick editor Melinda Ferguson.

Another memoir and written in the author’s honest, serious style, the book deals with issues of addiction (drugs and love), motherhood, relationships, recovery, untreated childhood trauma, and recovery.

In the long-awaited sequel to Kill KarolinMakwala King finds herself pregnant and alone after her partner, Enver, relapses on heroin.

“She knows she has to find a way to save herself. But to do that, she has to figure out why everyone’s leaving her. Why, like this song, is she always looking for love in the wrong places? And why can’t she seem to free herself from a mad, evil love?”

Makwala King sat down with John Maytham in front of an in-studio audience this week to talk about his latest literary offering.

(Click above to listen to the podcast)

RELATED: Sara-Jayne King reveals all about the dark history of adoption in her memoir, Killing Karoline

I would arrive at work, and I would put this red “live mic” button on and I had to be “on”. But the truth was that I was pregnant and wanted to die.

Sara-Jayne Makwala King, host of Weekend Breakfast – CapeTalk and author of Mad Bad Love

I didn’t think I could be a mother, I didn’t think I could, and the beginning of the book is “I’m a bad mother.”

Sara-Jayne Makwala King, host of Weekend Breakfast – CapeTalk and author of Mad Bad Love

I was so ashamed.

Sara-Jayne Makwala King, host of Weekend Breakfast – CapeTalk and author of Mad Bad Love

Makwala King, who will celebrate 15 years of abstinence and sobriety this month, says that even in the worst of times, going back to drink and drugs was not an option.

Falling off the wagon was never going to be the thing. Get me out, end it all, though. There were nights where I lay in bed and wondered how am I going to do?

Sara-Jayne Makwala King, host of Weekend Breakfast – CapeTalk and author of Mad Bad Love

Makwala King says that while she doesn’t write to inspire, she hopes there are people who read her books who derive some hope from her story.

I write for people like me. Adoptees, drug addicts, drug addict lovers.

Sara-Jayne Makwala King, host of Weekend Breakfast – CapeTalk and author of Mad Bad Love

I know what it’s like to be brought to the edge of your life, of what you think you can handle.

Sara-Jayne Makwala King, host of Weekend Breakfast – CapeTalk and author of Mad Bad Love

I’m still going through a lot of trauma, and that’s okay.

Sara-Jayne Makwala King, host of Weekend Breakfast – CapeTalk and author of Mad Bad Love

Writing this book was an act of self-love.

Sara-Jayne Makwala King, host of Weekend Breakfast – CapeTalk and author of Mad Bad Love

Click on here to read an excerpt from Makwala King’s latest book, Mad Bad Love.

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