My name is Maxine Sarr and I'm a former criminal defence lawyer from Manchester. Moral Justice grew from a throwaway conversation I had with another lawyer about a particular acquittal. That was over ten years ago.
I'm now an English teacher living in Ecuador and I decided that the time was right to write. I have just self-published Moral Justice on Amazon. My pen name, Catherine Michael, is in memory of my sister and brother.
I have lived in Ecuador for just over four years now and I love it here. I didn't pick Ecuador, Ecuador picked me. After leaving my dream job as a lawyer I drifted from temp job to temp job trying to find something I felt passionate about. Three years later I hadn't found it and then I had a conversation with a good friend, Catherine, and she was heading to Thailand to teach English. The lightbulb went on and, as I love Thailand, decided to go there. I went to bed and had the most vivid dream I have ever had; the colours the shimmering are still very difficult for me to describe. I woke up and the first word I said was Ecuador; as I didn't know what the word was I googled it and found out it was a country! The weekend was spent reading as much as I could about the country and by Monday I had decided that was where I would go. My family and friends didn't understand the strength of the dream and thought (some still think) I'm crazy.
A year later I had given away all my possessions, packed everything else in two rucksacks and arrived in Quito on a one-way ticket. That was when I started to panic; I didn't know Spanish, I'd never been to South America before, I didn't have a job, I didn’t know anyone. It took a while to settle but I've carved myself a little niche in a countryside village called Bucay where the local refer to me as the Inglesa who walks. I love walking in the countryside here, by the rivers, near the mountains, beautiful - I suppose the grass is greener. They think life must be better in the Western World but they are proud that I chose their pueblo to be my home.