Eleanor Passailaigue was born in Jamaica and moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1953. Her early childhood is depicted as part of this book. Donnie Passailaigue, the boy she fell in love with as a teenager, is still at her side. In 1966, Eleanor and Donnie went back to Jamaica with their two daughters, returning to Toronto several years later. They currently live in Markham, north of Toronto. One Foot in Jamaica is Eleanor’s first book.