1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?
I was 12 years old. Has only grown more intense since.
2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?
I procrastinate a lot. I tend to write in spurts. I’ll leave a book alone for weeks or even months, then binge write for several days or weeks. Leave the book alone, then do it all over again.
3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?
Burn the midnight oil and become a writing hermit on the weekend.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I do not necessarily write chronologically. I may write backwards. From ending to beginning. I did that with a screenplay. Or, as with Reverend Mother, I wrote the first few chapters, wrote the last several chapters, went back in and wrote the middle, and then added a few chapters at the beginning.
5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?
I’m from Jamaica. All my fiction, without intent or effort, are Jamaican-based. Usually drawn from some formative experience in my life. A reason I don’t think I could be a science fiction or fantasy writer.
6. When did you write your first book?
My first was a book of poetry, unpublished, in the 1990s. Reverend Mother, my first novel, was completed about a decade ago.
7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?
Reading and more reading. TV. Jamaican theater. Jamaican plays are awesome. The country has a long and sophisticated theater tradition. The world became aware of Jamaican reggae music in the 1970s. It is yet to discover its theater.
8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?
I get compliments. I assume it’s all sincere and they consider me a decent writer.
9. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
My name appeared on several collaborative works, mainly through my profession as a communications specialist. I’ve completed one novel, near completing two others, and about three nonfiction works, all unpublished. Hard to say, but perhaps my favorite is one of the near-completed works of fiction, an imaginary tale drawn from my childhood tied into some broader Jamaican history.
10. What do you think makes a good story?
A good plot, believable characters. One that poses serious questions even if it does not answer them.
11. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?
At home, my sofa, with my laptop on a small table or on my lap.