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Writing-Profile of Austin Mitchell
Austin Mitchell has so far written three novels and is completing another. He has written many short stories, a few plays and poems. Several of his short stories have been published in his homeland, Jamaica. He has read hundreds of novels and has read widely on the subject. He has also attended a few writing workshops. He is a past student of St. Mary’s College, Above Rocks, St. Catherine. He is from a community, called Glengoffe, one of the largest communities in the island, which is in the north east of the island, bordering the parishes of St. Mary and St. Andrew. He presently resides in the city of Portmore, which incidentally is also in the parish of St. Catherine.
What inspired you to write your book?
I just loved writing, and there were so many interesting characters and incidences to write about.
Here is a short sample from the book:
The Money Vault
During the hurricane while some of their associates had been busy digging down supermarkets and grocery stores, Dexter and five of his friends had stolen the vault from the local parish council bank. They had used the cover of darkness to do it and it took the six of them to load it onto a hand cart and take it to his house. They had used an electric torch to cut a hole into it and got the grand sum of thirty thousand dollars.
“You said nearly a million would be there, Dex,” Roland said.
“What the hell am I going to do with this little money?” Bertie Brown shouted and threw it on the floor and was gone.
“Dex, you know what, it’s you alone in this. Don’t call my name. If Jabez dead I don’t know anything about it,” David Johnson said and stormed out of the room.
The others had followed suit. Dex was left with a vault weighing in excess of five hundred pounds. The next week Tuesday, Jabez died. There was consternation in their village. Jabez had been the watchman at the bank. On the night of the hurricane somebody had knocked him out. He never regained consciousness.