My love for classic children’s books saw me on hands and knees, begging the pixies and goblins to come out from beneath the startled grass in my grandparents’ garden. Back then, my home in the tiny village of Mayaro, on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago, held all the world’s mystique.
At the age of 21, I moved to New York to study dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.
I moved to London at the age of 25 to pursue my Bachelors and Masters degree in Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I moved to South Africa in 2002 and became a development consultant and writer in the non-profit sector. I began writing fiction in 2008. In 2009, I was selected as one of the 21 winners in the “Highly Commended” category of the International Commonwealth Short Story competition for my story, “Pulling Seine and Catching Souls”. In 2011, I wrote a romance novella aimed at 16-25 year olds, published by Nollybooks.
I participated in the Femrite Women’s Writers residency in Uganda in 2013 and the Yale Writers Conference in Connecticut in 2014.
As a freelance writer I have written for commercial magazines including Elle South Africa, ‘O’ the Oprah Magazine South Africa, Psychologies Magazine South Africa, the Sunday Times Travel, SA Garden and Home and Sawubona Magazine, the in-flight magazine for South African Airways, among many others.
My novel, If You Save Me, was published by Kwela Books in July 2021. It was long-listed for the South Africa Sunday Times Literary Award 2022 and won the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize for Fiction 2022.