Giving a black woman a voice in a Gothic romance

Jamaican author Sara Collins  longed for a novel in which someone like her - a black Caribbean woman - had a place in the genre she loved.
Jamaican author Sara Collins longed for a novel in which someone like her - a black Caribbean woman - had a place in the genre she loved.PHOTO: JUSTINE STODDART

Could a black woman be the heroine of a Gothic romance? Why not, asks writer Sara Collins, who is of Jamaican descent.

Born in Kingston, raised in the Cayman Islands and sent to a British boarding school when she was 11, Collins was obsessed with Charlotte and Emily Bronte's Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights as a teenager.

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