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