Interview with E E Fry

Which came first? The story idea or the Title?
The story idea came first. I’ve been writing for years and am an avid reader, a number of short stories that I had been working on simply merged into one another to provide the bones of an idea. It was my husband who said I should write about Mauritius and I found it to be therapeutic way of keeping that part of my life alive and real. The story itself kept drawing me back into the sugar cane, it is quite impossible to write about Mauritius without mentioning it. So the name came naturally, in fact, I think it’s safe to say that Sugar Cane chose its own name.
What is the storyline of SUGAR CANE in a few words?
When Beth Stephens’ father passes away, he leaves a minefield of secrets and lies in his wake, turning Beth’s life upside down. To uncover the truth about her father and lay his ghosts to rest, she must travel to Mauritius and discover who she really is. Unwittingly she embarks on a journey fraught with more danger than she could ever imagine, discovering a land where nothing is as it appears.
When did you decide to take the plunge and pen those pages? What inspired you?
I started writing Sugar Cane ten years after my mother passed away. When you lose a parent or a close loved one, I think you’re always a little wary of losing them completely. Growing up in a mixed race family in the UK also had its impact, so when my mother was taken from me, I realised that I had to make a considered effort to keep Mauritius alive in my heart. So, I suppose you could say that it was the memory of my mother that inspired me...and gave me the courage to pen the novel with a true voice.
How do you personally view Mauritius, being an English lady with a Mauritian mother?
I love Mauritius. It’s half of who I am. Being born and growing up in the UK within a wrapper of caramel brown skin during the seventies and eighties with one white parent and the other black was challenging to say the least. Being mixed race is a complex issue, which I believe Beth’s character considers in some depth in the novel. You never quite fit in, here or there, but you love both places equally. It makes you interesting, even when you don’t want to be. When I am in Mauritius or surrounded with my Mauritian family my soul is calm yet I am aware that I’ll never be completely Mauritian. Nothing and nobody is perfect, Mauritius is a beautiful island full of beautiful people, but it is still a country filled with human beings, good ones and bad ones, just like every other country in the world. It’s also tiny, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, pretty isolated from everywhere else, yet packed to the rafters with every colour, race and creed of people living together, dealing with the cards life and the Western world has dealt them in the best way that they can . I think that’s what I like about it. It’s a human island, doing its best to survive, grow and get things right with limited resources. Like all of us.
What do you like most about Mauritius? What is so special about Mauritius? Which is your favourite place in Mauritius? And why?
I have three favourite places, which I cannot divide. In no particular order, my favourite places are the casino at Flic en Flac beach, Quatre Bornes market and Champ de Mars racecourse. You can decide why!!
What is your favourite Mauritian Dish?
Dish is singular. Can Mauritian food be contemplated in the singular? I think not. Dholl Puri. Faratha. Vindaye poisson. Gato pima....stop, stop, you’re making me hungry.
Who is your favourite Mauritian public figure and why?
My favourite Mauritian public figure would be Kaya. Special people are sent to us to challenge our world and the way that we think, ensuring that we continually evolve and endeavour to grow and become wiser. Kaya was one of these people, who spread the message of love and hope with the words that he sang. He was a very special gift to the human race, a Mauritian who should never be forgotten.
What other projects do you have in the Pipeline?
I’m currently working on my second novel, The Earring Tree, which will hopefully be ready soon. It’s also based in Mauritius but during the early 19th Century, so there’s been a lot of research to do.
Published 2014-01-26.
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Books by This Author

Sugar Cane
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,660. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Set in Mauritius, Sugar Cane evokes a sensuous feast of all the rich sights and scents of a tropical paradise landscape. But what at first seems idyllic, gradually reveals a malignant underside as our heroine, Beth Stephens, attempts to reveal the truth about her Mauritian father's abrupt departure from the island many years ago. Ever dreamed of travelling to Mauritius? Dive into Sugar Cane!