Sunday, August 14, 2011

Becoming a writer: Elizabeth Fabien

Elizabeth Fabien is a young and upcoming writer who caught my attention when she created a facebook group, Poetry Corner, to help her network with other people and promote her book W.O.R.D.S.: Wisdom to Survival. The title of the book is actually an acronym for Wisdom & Willingness, Objective & Obligation, Reason & React, Dream & Dare, and Suffer and Survive.
Fabien grew up in Haiti where she completed her entire schooling and discovered the joy of writing. She explained that she was listening to the beautiful christmas songs written by candidates in a christmas song competition that was held in one of the Haitian channels. The well written lyrics inspired her to write a christmas song as well. She wanted to know how that would feel. She also explained that it seemed like an easy task. Indeed she wrote her first song, "sonje wou ton nwel," and realized that writing was something that she enjoyed.
Fabien used writing as a tool to practice English. She bought a notebook, numbered the pages and came up with titles for every journal entries that she wrote. Eventually, writing was not just a tool to learn English; Fabien started writing about entities that were dear to her heart, including her country, Haiti.
Fabien moved to the United States in 2005 to pursue her post-secondary education.  She continued to write and occasionally shared her work with other people. Many who admired her work encouraged her to publish it. Therefore, Fabien decided to put her manuscripts together. In december 2009, when she finally completed the book, she sought a publishing company, submitted her work and got published.

I haven't had a chance to read her book yet, but as soon as I do, I will tell you what to look forward to when reading it.