Wilna Adriaanse was born on 19 March 1958 in the Kalahari. She grew up in Worcester and matriculated in 1976 at Worcester High School. Thereafter she completed a BA and BA Honours degree in Sociology and Development Administration at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1981, she married Deon Adriaanse. They lived in Giyani for three and a half years before they moved to the Cape in 1985.
During the next four years she studied Psychology through the University of South Africa.
They lived in Durbanville for 27 years. During those years she commuted to her husband in Nigeria and also Botswana, where he was working on different projects.
The couple has three sons.
Her first novel, ’n Ongewone belegging, was published in 2001. Her best known novels are Rebecca (2004), Met ander woorde (2006), Die boek van Ester (2008), and Vier seisoene kind (2010).
In 2011 she completed a Masters degree in Creative Writing (cum laude) at the University of Cape Town. She wrote a novel, ‘n Klein lewe, as her thesis and it was published in 2012.
Did you know?
At midnight on the 31 December 1999 in the Swiss Alps she made writing her New Year’s resolution. She started writing in 2000 and her first book was published in 2001.
Lapa Publishers’ Prize for Romance (2002) for ‘n Heildronk op die Liefde.
ATKV-Veertjie award for Die boek van Ester (2009) and again for Vier seisoene kind
Books still in print
'n Klein lewe (2012)
Vier seisoene kind, Tafelberg (2010)
Rebecca, Tafelberg (2010) (heruitgawe)
Die boek van Ester, Tafelberg (2008)
Met ander woorde, Tafelberg (2006)
List of published works
As Wilna Adriaanse
2001 ’n Ongewone belegging, Jasmyn
2002 Alleenvlug, Jasmyn
2003 Die reuk van verlange, Jasmyn
2004 Serenade vir ’n nagtegaal, Jasmyn
2004 Rebecca, Tafelberg
2005 Hande wat heelmaak, Hartklop
2006 Met ander woorde, Tafelberg
2008 Die boek van Ester, Tafelberg
2010 Vier seisoene kind, Tafelberg
2012 'n Klein lewe, Tafelberg
2014 Dubbelspel, Tafelberg
As Wilmine Burger
2001 Die wingerd sal weer bot, Lapa
2002 ’n Heildronk op die liefde, Lapa
2002 Liefde is ’n kleur, Lapa
2004 Brug van woorde, Lapa
Omnibus 1: Ongewone belegging
Reuk van verlange
Omnibus 2: Heildronk op die liefde
Serenade vir ‘n nagtegaal
Hande wat heelmaak
Omnibus 3: Die wingerd sal weer bot
Liefde is ‘n kleur
Brug van woorde
Excerpts from reviews
"It is a valuable easy-reading book. Good chick lit the way we need it in Afrikaans. Ideal for a Saturday afternoon on the couch, feet in the air and a glass of wine in hand." – Ronel Nel on Die boek van Ester (Beeld, 2008)