Sumira January writes under the name Maxine Jordan. Born and bred in Cape Town, she started out wanting to be a chartered accountant, but ended up with a BCom(Informatics) degree, working in IT, then obtained a diploma in advanced food preparation, but that was still not ‘the passion’. FunDza inspired her to submit her writing to them. ‘I wanted to explore my creativity, and my words to make a difference. My writing now keeps me sane on a whole new level, and I’ve discovered my true passion – my love affair with words,’ she says.