Words are like chocolate, sweet and irresistible.
I was born in Trinidad and grew up surrounded by mango trees and palm trees, the smell of the ocean, the warmth of the sun and people. Yet always, in the background, there was a pulse in the air that tugged at my awareness, a whole other reality that thrived within Trinidad’s folklore, an energy embedded in words like douens, soucouyant and Papa Bois, to name but a few.
You could say that my imagination was triggered at an early age,
and that’s where I lived much of the time. My mind swirled with images and ideas from the books of adventure and fantasy which I devoured like candy.
My other great love was languages and I graduated with a Joint Honors Degree in French and Spanish from Mount Saint Vincent University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Later I worked at the United Nations in New York, and became a freelance translator. Later still I married and became the happy mother of a beautiful daughter.
Somewhere in the middle of all this I started writing.
But it wasn’t until my daughter was born that ideas for children’s books came flooding in. Of course, now that you know something about me, you won’t be surprised to learn that I write books of fantasy, where I let my imagination fly.
Writing is my passion and one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life. Yet it can also be challenging, frustrating, terrifying even; but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
In my blog I’ll deal with the dichotomy that being a writer presents. I will also share tips on writing, not only from me but from other authors whom I interview and who will talk about their journeys and breakthroughs as they too pursued and achieved their dream.
On a more personal note:
I believe in the power of a dream, a force so strong that it carries us to unimagined heights. So dare to dream and hold on to that thing that makes you want to get out of bed every morning and take step after step after step, no matter what life throws your way.
I will never undervalue the power of friendship or family. It’s even better than chocolate.
To me, laughter is the ‘balm’ of life and something I’ll never get tired of.