I was born in Guyana, a former British colony on the northern coast of the South American continent. As the only English-speaking country on the continent, Guyana’s historical, cultural, and economic development are linked with the Caribbean Region and is a founding member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
As a young idealist in the 1970s, I dedicated seven years to the religious life as a Catholic nun and high school teacher of art and geography.
In 1987, I migrated with my husband and two sons to Fortaleza, capital of the northeastern State of Ceará in Brazil. For fourteen years, I worked as an import-export manager.
My sons and I migrated to the United States in October 2003, settling in Los Angeles, Southern California. Submerged in the creative arts world of Hollywood, I started writing articles about international trade issues and US-Brazil trade, as well as fictional short stories.
As a form of self-therapy, I began working on a novel. You can learn about my journey as a writer on my author’s website. My debut novel, Under the Tamarind Tree, was released on August 12, 2019. You can learn more, read reviews, and purchase a copy using links to booksellers on my author’s website at Under the Tamarind Tree: A Novel by Rosaliene Bacchus.
My second novel, The Twisted Circle, released on August 24, 2021, is now available for sale. Inspired by real events, it is an evocative story of two nuns torn apart by obsession and entitlement, and ensnared in a twisted circle of deceit within a whitewashed church. You can learn more about the making of my convent novel, read reviews, and find links for purchasing a copy at The Twisted Circle: A Novel by Rosaliene Bacchus.
I am currently working on my first book of creative non-fiction.