Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Trinidad and Tobago and I grew up here. Most people here tend to be the 'outdoorsy' type, but I've always been a bookworm. So the environment didn't really influence my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Oficially I started writing in 2015, but I've been making up stories in my head since I was very little. It was a habit that developed because of all the reading I did. For example: if I read a story and I didn't like the ending, or if there were two characters I felt should have been romantically involved, I would make up an alternate story in my mind. I didn't notice I was doing this at first but eventually I did, and I started making up original stories. The actual writing didn't begin until last year, and that's when I knew I wanted to be a writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well even though I grew up in the Caribbean, as a child I ended up watching a lot of movies and TV shows, and reading a lot of books from the US and UK, so that's where a lot of the influence and inspiration came from. But there was always something nagging at me in the back of my mind. I finally realized what it was: there were no stories coming out of those far away countries that featured characters from where I live (and not a lot of minorities either.) People of colour and people from other countries were greatly under represented by US and UK writers. And yet they were marketing stories to the whole world! This is astonishing but understandable. Writers write what they know after all. Anyway I wanted to rectify that by writing a sci-fi story that featured characters from here in the west indies for a change. I don't know if the US and UK audience will appreciate that though, or if they will be able to relate to the dialogue and the characters.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The love of reading and writing mostly. And the availability of the technology that facilitates publishing online.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Well I love to read so when I think about someone else reading something that I've written, It kind of blows my mind. The idea that I'm the reason for their suspense of their excitement or that I've assuaged their troubled mind for a little while....well there's no better feeling than that.
What are you working on next?
I've only just published The Quantum Man book one. Right now I'm hoping I can crank out a few sequels to that title; see how far the story will go. But I' working on some other books in the Quantum Man universe. Characters from other countries. Those books I'll publish for free since the stories aren't as sophisticated as I'd like them to be. It's a lot of stuff to keep track of all by myself but I'm hanging in there lol. Anyway that's what I'm up to at the moment.
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