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rsagarcia

RSA Garcia lives and works on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean with a large family and too many dogs–although only one belongs to her.

She decided to be an author when she discovered that Louisa May Alcott had been published at the age of 8. Determined to waste no more time, she finished her first collection of stories at 10. She has not stopped writing since, and indulged herself in a deep love of all speculative fiction despite the best advice of every English teacher she has ever had.

Her debut novel ‘LEX TALIONIS’, a science fiction mystery, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and won the IPPY Silver Medal for Best Scifi/Fantasy/Horror Ebook 2015. She is currently working on a sequel and a new high fantasy novel inspired by Caribbean and African folklore.

15 comments

  1. I really like speculative fiction as well. I had a creative writing professor who wouldn’t let anyone write science fiction or fantasy stories for her class–which actually ended up working out really well for me because it forced me out of my comfort zone.

    1. Yes, stretching yourself is never a bad idea. But in my country when I was growing up, people didn’t even understand what the hell scifi or spec fic was. They would just look at me in horror when I talked about ‘stories’.

      If you don’t write literary or contemporary fiction here, the profs and teachers will make you pay for it. Things are finally changing because the world has moved on and the internet is a thing, but to say writing spec fic is still discouraged is to put it lightly.

      1. Wow. I’m sorry it’s such a struggle there. I have to say that I admire that you’ve stuck with it.

        In the US it still isn’t seen by a legitimate “mainstream” kind of literature yet, but it doesn’t have that much of a stigmatization. I got an English degree and my specialty was science fiction literature.

        I think it deserves a lot more respect than it has right now here. I hope that writers like you will open the door wider for it in Trinidad.

  2. R.S.A Garcia, thank you so much for liking my post, “River Congo – Excerpt 37” on writingiam.wordpress.com. I have another blog site papermudandme.wordpress.com on which I tell about my dabbling in ceramics and writing.
    I find it interesting that people will pay $15- for a coffee mug of mine that took maybe 2 months from start to finish but don’t want to pay $15- for a published book that could take all of 3 years from beginning to publication.
    Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I will be following you to check on your successes. – Aloha – pjs.

  3. As an African American w/Caribbean roots on my mother’s side, it’s so exciting to come across you and your work. Looking forward to exploring your world(s).

    1. It’s also very exciting for me to be contacted by readers like yourself. Happy to meet someone from our extended Caribbean family.

      I’ve read your blog and really like how you conflated narrators and narrative. Very glad to have you come by! I hope you enjoy playing around in my worlds as well 🙂 If you don’t mind my asking, did you find me by virtue of your own exploration or by recommendation?

      1. Actually, you favorited a tweet of mine, so I checked out your Twitter profile, and that led me here. I’m working on a spec fiction novel myself, a genre that I hadn’t thought of writing in just because I didn’t think I had the imagination for it. Read Octavia Butler’s Patternmaster series, and now I’m hooked. So I’ve been hoping to find others who are doing the same.

  4. Oh yes! I just followed you! So glad to hear you’re working on a novel too. The more the merrier! We need diverse books 😉 Octavia is amazing and I’m annoyed I’ve only just been able to read her thanks to a out dated library for most of my life. But there are many Caribbean spec fic authors out there now, happily.

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