H.D. Greaves

Biography

How about a story, a joke, a quip, a witty remark? H.D. Greaves, who lives in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where he was born and raised, can give you all of those, as he does his good friends all the time. Indeed, he is well known for his outrageous sense of humour. Although he has travelled extensively, his island home has always held a special place in his heart. Now in his seventies, he continues to write new novels and short stories, as well as regaling his friends with his whimsical comments. He sings too! (To which his friends, with rolling eyes, say, "Oh, God, help us!")

Fourteen of his books are now on Amazon Create Space Print on Demand hardcopy, for all readers who prefer holding a book in hand rather than reading ebooks via an ereader such as a Kindle or a Kobo or a Nook. These books can now be purchased in hardcopy through Amazon:

MANDRAGORA - A Ribald and Irreverent Tale from the Italian Renaissance, has, since its publication as an ebook on Smashwords, has gained thus far five excellent reviews (on Amazon/Kindle), as well as a fine critique on The Podler Review of Books. An outrageous satirical comedy, it continues to delight readers with its wit, sexual situations, and sleazy characters.

OF BLISS AND GRANTED WISHES - A True Story Told as a Novel, is about aging and an ageless love, and yes, it's all true.

THE NARRATIVE VOICE - Nine Intriguing Stories and a Novella: The Witch of Tabaquite, is proof that with perseverance (and not a little luck), it is never too late to create and to succeed.

POONKY DOODLES - A Novel of Growth and Survival.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE - Poems of Comedy and Tragedy, a book with a wide variety of poems

SEVEN PLAYS - A collection of plays - one acts, full-length epics, all suitable for all ages, comedies and melodramas.

Available on Smashwords are his plays as individual playscripts:

ATASCADERO! and INCIDENT IN A DUCKYARD are unusual adaptations of stories by Hans Christian Andersen.

Other plays are GNATWING! - A Farce for Clowns, THE FIREBIRD, DISAGREEMENT IN EDEN, and the ever popular RUMPLESTILZKIN.

H.D. is currently working on another novel: CLIZIA – A Tale of Scandalous Surprises, based on an Italian Renaissance comedy by Niccolò Machiavelli.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in and raised in Woodbrook, a suburb of Port of Spain, Trinidad, in the West Indies, when it was still a British Colony. Trinidad is now part of the independent Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In 1938, the year of my birth, Trinidad was already a major player in World War II because of its deep harbour at Chaguaramas, North of Port of Spain, which became an important U.S. submarine base during the war. Because I was a child, I was not aware of these important events at the time, but my godfather, who helped raise me along with my maternal grandmother, made me aware of change and changing times as much as he could. He also instilled in me that all peoples must be treated with equal respect, no matter their skin colour, religious beliefs, political views, and other differences, because blood is the same in all of us: red. I was a minority in Trinidad - white and British - and I am still a minority here, with black, brown, and yellow in the majority. Trinidad is the home of thousands of East Indians and Chinese, as well as blacks. It is a diverse culture, of religions, foods, dances, celebrations, and, of course, Carnival, all of which influenced me as a man and as a writer.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was in my early teens, and what I wrote then was pretty awful. However, I was encouraged to continue writing by my teachers. I also read a lot of books, considered advanced for my age. For example, I read, enjoyed, and understood John Steinbeck's East of Eden when I was fifteen, and became a fan of Steinbeck's work. My favourite Steinbeck novel, which I've read countless times, is Cannery Row. Reading good literature helped me to become a better writer. Now, in my seventies, I'm still learning from the masters.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find H.D. Greaves online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Marsh King's Daughter
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,750. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Plays » Medieval
Vikings, Ancient Egyptians, Goblins, Magical Transformations, terror, murder and mayhem, along with comedy and music, all come together in this exotic play adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a bewitched maiden, rescued and redeemed by a most unlikely character, a kindly old bird, none other than Father Stork—yes, the same stork famous for bringing babies! He is our storyteller.
Disagreement in Eden
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Plays » Ancient & Classical
Disagreement in Eden, A Comedy in One-Act, is an irreverent satire about Adam and Eve and their conflict about the Forbidden Fruit. While the Lord and Satan, awaiting the outcome, play chess, Gabriel, a cynical cornet-player, asks, “And what, my Lord, is ‘Sin’? It sounds like an inspired name for a perfume.” The answer he receives is alarming. This little play will alarm you into laughter.
Rumplestilzkin
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,180. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Plays » Ancient & Classical
The ages-old tale of the dwarf who changes straw into gold in exchange for the heroine’s first-born is created anew in this highly entertaining epic melodrama. Successfully and elaborately produced in the U.S. by a small theatre group, this play, which features intelligent dialogue and characters, is also a delight to read aloud. For Theatrical Production, Performance Information is included.
Gnatwing!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,880. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Gnatwing! A Farce for Clowns is Theatre-of-the-Absurd for youngsters. Featuring direct audience involvement in a frantic game of hide-and-seek, and a chase that mirrors animated cartoons, Gnatwing!—in clown face and exaggerated movement—is incredibly zany. This simple play when read is, in performance, transformed into a wonderfully inspired madness. Important Performance Information is included.
The Firebird
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,820. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union, Fiction » Adventure » Action
This One-Act Play tells of the Firebird and her quest to destroy Kastchei, a sorcerer who has hidden his death. A centuries-old Russian folk tale of magic and magical creatures and of how friendship and courage triumph over evil, this play condenses the action for contemporary audiences, yet retains all the wit, humour, and suspense. Important Performance Information is included.
Incident in a Duckyard
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,590. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 15, 2013. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
This radio play, adapted from a Hans Christian Andersen story, illustrates how easily racism, bigotry, hypocrisy, stupidity, and apathy can escalate into violence and destroy an innocent and gifted creature. Andersen’s folk tales always have a dark side and involve moral and ethical issues. Using poultry and droll humour to show us ourselves, this one is, indeed, a cautionary tale.
Atascadero!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,710. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Categories: Plays » Caribbean & Latin American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Atascadero! is a One-Act Farce adapted by H.D. Greaves from Hans Christian Andersen’s folktale The Swineherd. A prince falls in love with a beautiful princess. Unfortunately, her beauty is only skin-deep. Rudely refusing his gifts, the prince, to teach her manners, becomes a swineherd, taking with him magical toys to entice her. O, the mischiefs that take place in the pigpen!

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