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Writing-Profile of Austin Mitchell
Austin Mitchell has written more than eighty short stories. He has also written several plays, poems and
novels. He has attended several writing workshops. Several of his short stories have been published in
newspapers in Jamaica. 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 love writing short storoes
Here is a short sample from the book:
Jack Deland's Disappearance
Jack Deland wasn’t a man afraid to speak his mind. He had no affiliation to any church or any other organization. And it wasn’t because he was a social outcast or anything like that, he preferred to live a simple life. He was one of about four village tailors at a time when a man could still make a living from this profession. Jack drank a fair amount of liquor and when he wasn’t tailoring he was in a bar, raising hell. He had just turned sixty, wasn’t married, but lived with a woman about his age. He lived at a time when it wasn’t fashionable for a man to marry a woman who had been cohabiting with him for years.