Escape with me … to the Land of Steelpan and Calypso

Book lovers everywhere, readers around the globe love to read fiction for several different reasons. One of those reasons is for escapism. Well, at least that’s my main reason for reading! I much prefer to be transported to some enchanting or exotic place just by thumbing through or turning the pages of a good book more than anything else.

Thus far, I am the only author from the Caribbean to sign with Crimson Romance. And it’s a great pleasure indeed! I was born, raised and still live on the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad to be exact. Two islands, one country. Two sisters but soooo very different. Trinidad is the bigger, much faster-paced one that buzzes with commercial activity. Tobago is the laid back, serene and more beautiful one. We may be just a dot on the world map but we have definitely left a big imprint. We are called Trinbagonians or Trinis for short. There are about 1.3 million of us. Our islands are steeped in British, Spanish and French history. The economy is fuelled by oil and natural gas production of which we are the world’s 7th largest exporter of natural gas with the U.S. being our main buyer. We now have for the very first time a female Prime Minister who runs the country.

The biggest female hip hop artist in the world right now, Nicki Minage was born here. R&B songstress Heather Headley too. And for those of you who could remember Billy Ocean, well he’s a Trini too. The current Project Runway winner, Anya Ayoung Chee is also from here. We also boast the world’s second fastest man in the world or the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, Richard Thompson (only behind our Caribbean neighbor Usain Bolt of Jamaica of course.) We hold the world cricket record for the most test runs scored (400) by one of the most talented cricketers the world has ever seen (just ask our fellow Aussie friends about Brian Charles Lara, lol). Trinidad and Tobago was also the smallest nation to ever qualify for the Football World Cup in Germany in 2006. We have also won the Miss Universe Pageant twice and the Miss World Pageant once. The steel pan musical instrument was also invented here.

So besides beauty, sports, fashion and music, we have the greatest show on earth. Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is one of the biggest street parties filled with sexy costumed masqueraders, beautiful people, soca music and fun in the sun. We are Trinis, we have a distinctive walk and talk. We love to fete or party, love to wine (a dance we do that involves an erotic gyration of the hips) and we love to lime or hang out. (Check out the Pinterest Board for my inspiration behind Island Pursuits here:

So when you download and read my debut romance novel Island Pursuits, you would not only discover an exotic romantic setting. But trust me, you’ll definitely escape. So escape to my beautiful islands in the sun, escape to love and adventure, the scorching heat, rain, Carnival, soca music, feting and wining. Even U.S. President Barack Obama paid us a visit 2009! You can order Island Pursuits on Amazon:

So on this wonderful Monday morning, I leave you with none other than Machel Montano, our most revered soca artist. I think this song Mr. Fete pretty much sums it all up nicely. Warning … your hips will feel obligated to gyrate!!!!

Yours truly,

Heather Rodney-Diaz



  1. Island Pursuits sounds like a definite add to my to-be-read list.
    Ooh, and I vote for a writer’s retreat at your home!

    • Lol, that sounds like a plan BerrinRae but I think we’ll be too busy wining and liming!

  2. Fun post! And I second Berinn’s idea–writers’ retreat in Trinidad.

    • Would love to have you, Peggy!

  3. Heather, that was fascinating! I would love to visit your islands with my sweetie — or even without him! 😉

    • Thank you, Betsie! That would be wonderful!!!

  4. Thank you for sharing your love for your country, Heather, I feel as if I escaped just by reading the post. Loved it, and loved Island Pursuits as well.

    • Awww, that was my intention so thank you so much Ines!

  5. I have just added your book to my book que and I am going to add your island country to my must visit list! Slow-paced and beautiful waters sound like a wonderful place to relax!

    • Thanks, Galen and that sounds definitely like our sister isle of Tobago. Slow paced, beautiful beaches and great for relaxing!

  6. Wow! Sounds like a wonderful place!

    • Oh, it is D’Ann!

  7. I think we should all bring Island Pursuits to read on your island in the sun. Sounds fabulous and a must visit destination. Thanks for sharing, Heather!

    • Thank you, Sharon!

  8. That’s settled then? Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will be the location for the First Annual Crimson Romance Writers Reunion.

    • Thanks Denyse. And Brazil for the second one, lol!

  9. Count me in for that writers’ reunion! Great post, Heather. Your book sounds awesome, and I can’t wait to read it! Take me away to the islands!

    • Thank you so much, Betty!

  10. Yes, an island escape on my lunch break. Well, it felt that way 🙂 I love learning about new places. I too vote for writers retreat in T&T!

    • Only too happy to sweep you away on your lunch break Synithia!

  11. What a great intro to another world, Heather. You are so far from Montana, reading this was an adventure! And I looooove Latin dance, tho will never do it in public cause I can’t shimmy or gyrate!! Stiff Norwegian bones!) You are awesome!

    • Lol, Pam I’ll be more than happy to teach you to wine!!

  12. Thanks for sharing your island with us – the real T&T and the one from your book, Heather! The Caribbean is my favorite place to visit and now I have a new destination in kind!

    • Thank you for reading Island Pursuits, Kristina!

  13. It’s obvious you love your country. Tobago sounds like a place I might have to visit. Great blog, Heather!

    • Thank you, Carol!

  14. That’s really interesting. I’m going to print out your blog for the next time I have to teach geography. For some reason, they can’t remember the capitals of countries, but if I tell them that it’s where Nikki Minage is from, they’ll remember it forever! Can’t wait to read the book!

    • Lol, Mary that is a fantastic idea and yes, they will definitely remember!

  15. Heather, from one ‘trini’ to the next – I am esecially proud of your achievements and how well you are representing sweet T&T!!

    • Awwwwh, thank you so much Monica, my fellow Trini!!

  16. great post, heather. as i languish in the chilly june in canada, an island pursuit sounds like a fabulous escape.

    • Oh, I could only imagine, Nora!

  17. Oh wow, Heather. You brought your home to life so well in that blog, I can imagine how beautiful a picture you must have painted in your novel. I’m popping over to B&N right now to download it. I definitely vote for holding a Crimson Romance author reunion there. Tobago is the laid back more beautiful one, right? Count me in! 🙂 Best of luck with your book. Sounds fantastic!

    • Thank you so much Alicia! And yes, you’re right.

  18. That was a great article. I’ve wanted to visit your country and you have brought it to life. Your pride and love for your home shines in your words. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • And thanks for reading it Diane!

  19. Heather – thank you for the wonderful introduction to Trinidad and Tobago – I loved the Carnival and island parts of Island Pursuits!

  20. Thank you, Irene!

  21. Heather , this was a great blog! you’re doing an amazing job!

    • Thank you so much for dropping by Max!

  22. Your home sounds beautiful. I learned many new things today and always like when a woman succeeds, especially in politics. Great blog!

  23. Thank you for visiting Kay!

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