Coming from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, I grew up reading the traditional books written by the Grimm Brothers, Mark Twain, Enid Blyton, Robert Louis Stevenson, and many others. They were all exciting and introduced worlds that crossed the boundaries of reality. This was most intriguing to me and I started creating my own worlds, but there always was a clear distinction between fantasy and reality. At a very early age I was able to create a complete story from a collection of randomly selected songs by various artists. My imagination is very colourful and vivid so something was always floating around.
When I entered secondary school at age eleven, I was fascinated by locally and regionally written books which were used in Literature classes. Novels and short story collections by Vidya Niapaul, Samuel Selvon, and Michael Anothony (to name a few) really had me captivated since I could relate to the stories being told. I even read my brothers literature books that were different. I also got hooked on the “Hardy Boys” and “Nancy Drew” series. Unlike other girls, romance novels were not really appealing to me because I relished getting caught up in action, adventure, and mystery. I read any of these books I could get my hands on.
Another contributing factor was my love for science-fiction. I was glued to the television to every science-fiction show. I adored the ideas of aliens, alternate realities and futuristic technologies. (Special thanks to Gene Roddenberry. I am still amazed at his vision into the future from the 1960’s.) My early attempt at writing began after I was introduced to Creative Writing. I started with short stories and accumulated a small collection, but they got thrown out years ago from the cupboard in which they were stored. I later wrote a screen play and half of a novel but I got distracted with other events in my life and decided to pursue other careers.
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