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.
The Wedding Drums - my novel set in an early 20C village in Trinidad is almost here. Two young girls, Amina and Sumati plot to escape their arranged marriages and plan to live life following their own dreams. But Sumati falls in love and runs away, putting Amina's plans in jeopardy. Neither of them bank on what is in store for them. Soon they face the adult world of scheming men, corruption, prostitution and violence, and life in the village will never be the same again.
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!