Born on the Caribbean island of Grenada, the author, known fondly among her closest friends by her first name, Alqueen, and Miriam Felix Banfield to those who know her professionally. The author is the 7th of ten children, raised in a typical Caribbean family, where education played a pivotal role, secondary only to God. Her father was a World War 1 veteran, who, although lovingly, ruled his family with an iron fist. Not surprisingly, high moral standards, coupled
with irreproachable integrity, were internalized at an early age. Her mother, a strong, nurturing individual, effectively mastered the
art of juggling motherhood, and partial bread winner, placing the needs of her children, above everything else. Although neither parent had the privilege of attending an institution of higher learning, that did not limit the high expectations they held for their children. Miriam pursued her goal of becoming a teacher by obtaining under graduate degrees from New York City Community College, Brooklyn College, and later a graduate degree from New York University (NYU).
Her teaching career both in New York and Florida spans over many decades, and reflects Kindergarten to college. As a retired teacher she writes poems, songs, children’s books and makes greeting cards. Miriam hopes to continue to positively affect changes in the lives of children, through her writing.