Set in 1917 Trinidad, twelve year old Latchmin is debilitated by typhoid fever and close to death. Miraculously, she begins to recover, but is horrified that a marriage has been arranged for her by her Indian parents who are trapped in this culture, Latchmin's future seems bleak. But she is prepared to fight to end the cruelty of arranged marriages and replace it with education, as well as help her friend who is forced into prostitution.
My life has always been varied and interesting, which means that I have lots to write about. Here are some of those things. Teaching in Trinidad. Nursing in the UK. MD of a lingerie design and manufacturing company, Leamington Spa. Lecturing in Business and Marketing, Warwickshire and W.Midlands. But a most important learning period of my life was bringing up my own three children, and two step children. Writing fiction is fun, fun, fun, not such fun, fun again.
The Last Year of Childhood is the first of a trilogy, all set between 1917 and 1960. The second book begins in 1933 with the first hurricane on record, the beginning of the oil industry in Trinidad, the effects of WW2 and the oil that it exported to help keep Britain in fuel in wartime, and the how they coped with life as changes took place, and the effect of Britain leasing the island to America for the military.
I find it so important to connect with other writers from time to time. It is like watering a plant, feeding it from time to time, nurturing it gently and watching it grow. Really. The benefit can be felt when spending an uplifting day with other writers. The buzz of inspiration and growth, turning to motivation for writing, and feeling the sense of soaring.
No writers block can penetrate this.
Keeping good company is an essential for writers.
Today, I spent the time with seven other writers - members of the Romantic Novelists Association. It was brilliant!