Feature on Erika Heslop Martin, Jamaican Author and Poet

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Erika Heslop Martin

Erika Heslop Martin a.k.a. Poetess Er is a talented, young, and inspired Jamaican Poet born in Kingston, Jamaica. She is the Jamaican Author of this book A Poetic Revelation, The Power of Words, and A Poetic Journey.

Her poems have been published in the Sunday Gleaner and the Jamaica Observer and her Book Launch of: “The Power of Words” was featured in The Jamaica Herald.

She has been featured and interviewed by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) for television (TVJ) and radio, Nationwide Radio, Love 101, RJR 94, Power 106, Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) on the Writer’s Block and the Love Zone on CVM Television.

Erika does poetry presentations locally and internationally at a wide variety of events and ceremonies and is also a Motivational Writer and Speaker.

She is a member of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, JamCopy, Poetry Society of Jamaica, Jamaican Writers Society, and an active member of her Church Choir. She is also an accountant by profession and has worked in various accounting capacities in the Financial Sector.

Executive Members of Jamaican Writers Society, The photo shows left to right: Poetess Denise N. Fyffe (poet, writer); Erika Heslop Martin (poet, writer); Tanya Batson Savage, (publisher of adult and children's books, and author); Diane Browne ( author children's books); Kalilah Enriquez, (poet); Godfrey Taylor (musician, author); Arnoldo Ventura (scientist, poet)

Executive Members of Jamaican Writers Society, The photo shows left to right: Poetess Denise N. Fyffe (publisher of Jamaica Pen Publishers, author, poet); Erika Heslop Martin (poet, writer); Tanya Batson Savage, (publisher, and author); Diane Browne ( author children’s books); Kalilah Enriquez, (poet); Godfrey Taylor (musician, author); Arnoldo Ventura (scientist, poet)

Erika Heslop Martin is a past student of Camperdown High School. Also, she is a Bank of Nova Scotia Foundation Scholarship Recipient and a Business Graduate of the University of Technology in Accounting & International Business and the University College of the Caribbean, in Financial Securities Management.

Her career dream is to be a successful Business Professional and a Bestseller of her books of poetry and upcoming novel.

In her spare time, Poetess Er enjoys spending time with family and friends, encouraging others, writing poetry, reading, surfing the internet, taking pictures, modeling, acting, singing, listening to music, dancing, traveling, watching movies, speaking Spanish, planning and organizing events and cooking delicious meals.

Erika is a faithful mother of twins (boy and girl) who is very compassionate, bold, and ambitious.

Her books are currently available in local Jamaican bookstores and on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats.

She has been described as “one of Jamaica’s best-kept secrets” that the literary world would benefit greatly from; “a poetic guru” who writes from her heart. You may connect with her on her Facebook author page, Erika Heslop, and Twitter page Erika Heslop Martin.

Some of her poems can be read on poemhunter.com and watched on Youtube.com. Erika is truly in love with poetry and wants the whole world to know and be positively touched.

Erika Heslop Martin, Poetess Er.

1. What do you want to be remembered for when you die?

I would love to be remembered for my poetry, my positive, bold, genuine, and pleasant personality; a good daughter, sister, wife, and mother. I would also like to be remembered for being different, dependable, not a follower, but someone willing to serve with a smile.

2. What is most important to you in this life?

Of utmost importance are my relationship with God, my family, and my close friends.

3. How has God shaped your life, especially as it relates to your craft?

God has shaped my life through the multiplicity of experiences that he has allowed me to endure. He is the source of my strength and so whatever I go through in this life, I have to reach out to him. My inspiration comes from God and he has blessed me with all my talents.

4. Name one experience and how has it influenced your entire life.

One experience that has influenced my entire life is my first trip to North America as a child. My eyes were opened to another culture and lifestyle other than Jamaica. This helped me in becoming a more rounded, bold, and outspoken individual. My perspective on life is much broader, totally not limited to Jamaica and I believe that traveling to different places is important. Also, to be the best that I can be wherever I go and to never forget where I am coming from.

 

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Check out her book How to Keep Writing

This book shares key practical strategies on how to become an author and a working writer. It helps you to get over the everyday nuisances that hinder the writing process. You can follow each strategy, at your own pace until you are writing frequently. It is geared towards both aspiring fiction and nonfiction authors and working writers who produce content, on a daily basis.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

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