Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013

Meet Kia Garriques



By Laura Maxwell

Fantasy is a genre quickly becoming crowded, so what makes Kia Garriques’ novel different from its competitors? Well, it is literally the stuff dreams are made of.

Since childhood the 28 –year- old has recorded her dreams and used their scenes as the setting for her stories.

Born in the Caribbean island of Montserrat, Garriques moved to England and had her first short story, The Invisible Alien Watcher, published in 2009 after her childhood years of writing.  

Garriques said: “I was led to believe that you had to be different, more intelligent and even a little eccentric to be a writer.”

Tempering this personal flare with professional theory, Garriques studied writing and English literature at Middlesex University.

She then began writing under the name Kia Storm and had published short stories such as Locked Up, The Watcher and Fly Away Butterfly.

Having worked up an appetite for a bigger project, in 2012 Garriques released her debut novel, Innovera Yakov- The Journey of A Thousand Eyes, an existential thriller.

The novel sees a world under five moons, two suns that never set and filled with creatures named Starbirds and Starflies. But the idyllic world is haunted by the Circle of Knowing, which decides your fate, and the Dimmer Zone that “swallows trespassers”.  

Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes is a story of a group on a journey of self-discovery. Garriques’ characters ‘the Innoverans’ are inspired by her own experiences. 

Garriques said:  “These young Innoverans are often haunted by a forgotten past recalled only in strange dreams.” 

Parallels can also be drawn between the acid rain, which endangers the Innoverans, and the volcanic activity in Garriques’ hometown of Montserrat. 

On 18 July 1995, Montserrat’s previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano became active, destroying the island’s Georgian city, Plymouth, and forcing two-thirds of the island’s population to flee.  

Its volcanic activity continues, currently mostly affecting the vicinity of Plymouth, including its docking facilities and the eastern side of the island around the former W.H Bramble Airport, which was buried by flows from on 11 February 2010. 

The experience has left Garriques with a determination to succeed.

“Embrace your gift, because it is a gift, to be able to dream up worlds and characters that people might actually love. Embrace and cherish that and don’t let go of it.” 

Following up Innovera Yakov, Garriques is writing a sequel to the series – not to mention a few others. 

To find out more follow Garriques on Twitter @innoverayakov or @kiagarriques.