I launched my writing career with a love story during my second year in high school. My classmates loved it and passed around my ‘novel’ for reading – picture two exercise books glued together, chock full of near-illegible handwriting.
The urge to tell stories deserted me for two decades before I sat behind a keyboard in 2004 and wrote an article on the craft of writing. I still haven’t been paid the ten dollars I was promised, but hey, that first effort gave me and my pen name some publicity. Go look it up – If I Knew Then by Jayda McTyson.
Since then, I’ve tried my hand at action adventure, romantic suspense and young adult fiction. I’ve been persistent in sending out queries every few months — not to mention lucky — and will have two novels published in 2010.
I’ve won several awards in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Literary Arts Festival. I also pen short stories and articles, which the local newspaper publishes. To earn a living, I manage a golf facility and for fun, I read, do some gardening when the mood strikes me, and decorate cakes.
I hope you’ll travel with me down the road to publication. We’ll take some detours to discuss the various projects I’m working on, how Jamaican culture influences my work, and how I function as a writer.
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