The author outside her student lodgings in Mexico City - still there in 2001
I grew up in Kenya and on the
Pacific island of Fiji. I went to schools in Fiji, Kenya, the UK and
Europe, and did a
degree in French and Spanish at Tulane University in New Orleans in the
USA. As part of my course I spent some time at Mexico City University.
This was high-octane stuff to a college junior. There were student protests.
Statues were blown up. Many of my tutors were refugees from Franco’s
Spain and we spent more time on politics than literature. My first bus
journey to the University proved terrifying as men fought to buy my ticket
(well I was young, blond and gringa). And then there were the Aztecs.
I told myself that one day I would write their story.
I am currently writing a second novel. This time the setting is not Mexico although the cultures of Central and South America remain close to my heart, and I may return there with a third novel.