Q&A with Sharon Mass “The Sugar Planter’s Daughter”
Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for “The Sugar Planter’s Daughter” by Sharon Maas. I am delighted to welcome Sharon here and thrilled that she has agreed to answer some questions about her writing and the novel. So, no more from me – over to Sharon!
I grew up in the capital of British Guiana, as it was then called, Georgetown. Back then Georgetown was known as The Garden City, one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean. The atmosphere, for a child, was mellow, friendly; we had a lot of freedom, and my memories are full of fruit trees, beautiful gardens, fun at school, friends, uncles and aunts, trips to the beach or to the creeks in the Interior. This was MY British Guiana, though; I grew up in a middle-class family so I am privileged. There was of course the dark underbelly of colonialism.
Families who laboured on the sugar plantations suffered deprivation and cruelty at the hand of the estate owners and overseers. As a child one is oblivious to such problems; thankfully, our elders were aware and fought for a better world for the underprivileged. I’m proud to come from a politically active family: both my parents threw their lives into the struggle for fairer conditions. So the idyllic childhood was followed by massive societal upheavals, protest, violence in the Sixties. This was how we eventually won Independence from Britain. [Read more]