Botha was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1982. She is Jewish, and is of Israeli and Lithuanian Jewish descent. As well as English, she speaks Hebrew and Afrikaans. She moved to Toronto with her family as a teenager. She studied Creative Writing at York University, and at the Humber College School for Writers.
She volunteered with Na-me-res and Ve’ahavta, organizations benefiting the homeless, which inspired many of the short stories in Got No Secrets, her first book, published by Tightrope Books in Canada in May 2010, and Modjaji Books in South Africa in 2012. The stories, which deal with addiction, abuse, suicide, and childhood, are journeys into the private lives of twelve women.
Botha has lived in South Africa, Ra’anana, Israel and Halifax, Nova Scotia, all of which informed her character’s experiences in her debut novel. Too Much on the Inside, which was published in May 2015 by Quattro Books, follows four newcomers to Toronto who struggle with their pasts, their new home and falling in love.
Too Much on the Inside was reviewed by Quill and Quire Magazine, The Literary Review of Canada, and Book Clubbish. Botha's novel was described as an "extraordinary...narrative, which... reveals a deep understanding of human nature." and writing which contains "an admirable freshness and enthusiasm." It won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel in 2016. It was also short listed for the 2016 ReLit Award, in the Novels Category.
Her sophomore collection of short stories, For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I've Known, was published in October 2016 by Tightrope Books. It received a starred review in Quill and Quire Magazine, who called it her "most triumphant work to date." The Toronto Star praised her "fine talent for putting emphasis in unexpected places." while the Globe and Mail praised the stories' "admirable directness and grit". The Winnipeg Review praised her for "speaking smartly, even boldly... [and]repaint [ing] the stoic male canvasses of Cheever and Carver, but with a sensing, reflective affect" In May 2017, it was a named a finalist for the Trillium Book Award.
She is currently working on a new novel and on a new collection of short stories. She is also working on her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph. She has contributed to the National Post’s the Afterword, The Huffington Post and the 49th Shelf and she was the Writer in Residence for Open Book in September 2016. She is a Creative Writing instructor at University of Toronto and at Humber College's School for Writers.
She lives in Toronto with her husband and son.