Melinda Ferguson burst onto the local literary scene with her chart busting hard-hitting memoir called ‘Smacked’ – a harrowing true story of addiction to survival in 2005. Her triumphant journey from being a homeless heroin- and crack-head to success, captured the nation.
Subsequently she became an award-winning writer and features editor for True Love magazine between 2005-2014, where her articles inspired and titillated a huge and diverse South African readership.
She has received numerous awards in her career including Best Features and Profile writer.
In 2010 in her trademark no-holds barred style, she penned bestseller ‘Hooked‘ and in 2015 the much-awaited final part of her memoir trilogy, ‘Crashed – How Trashing A Ferrari Saved my Life‘, hit the shelves.
In 2013 Melinda Ferguson completed an Honours degree in Publishing and subsequently launched her cutting edge imprint, MFBooks, with Jacana Media. MF Books won the highly coveted 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton award for Rape a South African Nightmare by Dr Pumla Dineo Gqola.
I believe that we are constantly changing as human beings. Sometimes failing, sometimes conquering but always moving forward. Once I stopped my path of self-destruction and got clean and sober, I found I could really give myself a chance to start living.
I had spent many years chasing a high or trying to change my feelings and emotions through substances.
Once I gave myself a chance to actually wake up each day and face life, the Universe swooped in to help and guide me on my path, to discover the life I was meant to lead.
So what I am really saying is that once I came clean with myself and got honest with what I had done and become, I made space for opportunity to come knocking.
Addiction is like a huge dark hole that can never be filled in the quest for more, more, more. Abundance is a mind-set and through the practice of gratitude for even the smallest of things, untold rewards and blessings can be unleashed.
Melinda Ferguson has recently penned the much anticipated ‘Being Chris Hani’s Daughter‘ with Lindiwe Hani, published by MFBooks in April 2017.
Sought after on the corporate inspirational speaking scene, over the last decade her insights and enigmatic humour have impressed a diverse audience and high profile clients, which include ABSA, NEDBANK, Old Mutual, Sanlam and Discovery.
Between writing and publishing, Melinda freelances as a motoring journalist for City Press.