Nadia Aguiar-Hasselbring joined us Monday evening for the first Writing for Children event of the semester. The Lost Island of Tamarind, the first in a series, tells the story of three orphans who land on a magical island with an evil child-stealing enchantress.
Born and raised on the island of Bermuda, Aguiar-Hasselbring discussed how growing up on an island informed her story.
“Where you grow up influences your story without even realizing it. Tamarind is closed off – Bermuda felt that way. There wasn’t any Internet, barely any television channels or radio… But I was also aware of the magic there.”
In response to a question on how to write cross-culturally for teens, Nadia said, “Write what you love, whatever compels and drives you. The question [of creating diversity] will answer itself.”
Moderated by Helen Schulman, Fiction Coordinator.