Simone Haysom is a South African writer. Her fiction and nonfiction writing has been published in literary magazines and anthologies. The Last Words of Rowan Du Preez is her first book. She is a recipient of the Miles Morland Scholarship for African writers and a Gates Scholar.  As a Senior Analyst at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, her current researches focusses on illicit trade and corruption, as well as wildlife cybercrime.