Caroline Sciriha

Knight of Pawns, fiction, Issue 36, September 1, 2016

Birthday? 15 July 1964
When did you start writing? I’ve made up stories in my head for as far back as I can remember. I started writing them down when I was around nine years old.
When and what and where did you first get published? Two short stories "The Torn Carpet" and "When the Rains Come" have been published in a children’s anthology titled Childhood Regained (edited by Jodie Renner; Cobalt Books, 2016, ISBN: 978-0993700446)
What themes do you like to write about? My stories tend to revolve around the importance of family bonds, and characters who show resilience or develop some hidden talent.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I’ve always thought that we are what we read. And I suppose that applies to our writing too. I grew up on a diet of science fiction and fantasy: Asimov and Andre Norton were childhood favourites. More recently, I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I also love Anthony Burgess, Kristen Britain, Susan Cooper, Roger Zelazny to name but a few. 
Caroline Sciriha lives in Malta, where she works as a Head of Department of English in a State Secondary School. She writes fiction—especially fantasy—whenever her day job allows, and is currently working on a series of YA novels.