Featured Interview With Brenda Mohammed
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. My father was an Educator and I had the privilege of attending the schools at which he was posted. I still live in Trinidad and Tobago with my husband.
Once I had seven dogs, but that was because my daughter, who loved dogs, refused to give away any of the pups bred by our female dog. She got married and left me with all those dogs, and I fell in love with them. However, they grew old and died one by one. I now have one dog and I really do not want another at this time in my life.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
My father had a huge library of books and I was always fascinated by it. He had lots of children’s books and that encouraged me to read a lot. My sisters and I loved to read and we ran competitions to see who could read more books. i always loved writing essays at school. I gained a distinction in English Language in my Senior Cambridge School Certificate Grade II, and I believe it was because I wrote a fantastic essay. In my job at the Bank’s Corporate Division, before I was appointed as a Manager, I was required to write Business Proposals for clients for the signature of the Corporate Managers and for submission for approval by the Bank’s Head Office. I was told that it was because of my writing skills and the way I put across the points in the proposals that they were approved without much difficulty. I have never had difficulty expressing myself in any form of correspondence and so writing books was not difficult.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I mainly read Motivational books by John Hagee, Joel Osteen, and Marilyn Hickey. Now and again I read a good novel by a random author. I like mystery and drama. I am inspired by several factors in my writings and not by any particular person. I write books in many genres such as autobiographies, romance, mystery, suspense, memoirs, spiritual, travel, and I even write poems.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book was “Retirement is Fun – A new Chapter.” This book is a sequel to “My Life as a Banker – A Life Worth Living.”
It is the second stage in my autobiography. At first I was devastated by my sudden retirement in my still youthful days. The retirement age for women in the bank was at that time fifty five years of age. I was not yet fifty five when I had to leave because i was given two months pre-retirement leave. I learnt through my many experiences that retirement is a time to enjoy life, and I decided to write a book about it.
There were other exciting jobs and opportunities available to me and there was a world to see.
I made full use of every opportunity to travel the world.
Actually this book was written fifteen years after I retired from the Bank, because after fifteen years of fun, notwithstanding a bout with cancer, and a car accident, I have proved that when I retired from my first job, I definitely did not retire from life.
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