Glynis Guevara was born in Barataria, Trinidad, but has lived in Canada for more than twenty years. She attempted to write her first novel at fourteen, and even though it was never completed she never gave up her love for writing. Several years after completing high school, she moved to London, England to study law and was admitted to the bar of England and Wales and Trinidad and Tobago. Glynis enrolled as a student at Humber College School for Writers after she was laid off her job at a Toronto hospital; she has never stopped writing since. In 2012, an excerpt from one of her manuscripts was a finalist for the Small Axe Literary (short fiction) competition. She was also a finalist for the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean literature. “Under the Zaboca Tree” is her debut YA novel. Her second YA novel, “Black Beach” was published in September 2018.