Use of Dialect

“Chee Chee isn’t going to Jamaica with me, so I’m pretty sure that nothing will happen.”

This is an excerpt from my second book, Pirates at Port Royal. The truth is that such a sentence probably would not come out of the mouth of the average child in St. Kitts. It is more likely to look like:

“Chee Chee not going Jamaica wid me, so nuttin’ gorn happ’n.” Read more


Writing Heals

There are books out there for every kind of ailment, disorder and difficult experience you can imagine. Books can bring us together by reminding us that we are not alone in our problems. Read more


The Libroid … our future?

The Libroid, a multimedia EBook claims to be the future for readers, writers and publishers.

Like it or not, the future of books appears to be on the computer screen. Read more


Singing in a Strange Land

I have been living in Ghana for ten months now. My friends and fans are always asking me, when will you write a story based in Ghana. I never voiced this answer, but in my heart, the answer has been “never”. Read more


Great Responsibility

In my first post at Novel Spaces, as a guest blogger, I wrote about the responsibility that I feel as a writer of children’s books to produce books that positively impact my young readers. Read more


Cheat Sheet

I am by no means a scholar in the area of Caribbean Children’s Literature. My qualifications in this field are very simple: I am West Indian, a mother, a lover of books and an author. So I am particularly pleased for this opportunity to get on my soap box. Read more


Time Travel

I have always been fascinated by the idea of time travel. It is a tricky topic, expertly handled by some authors like Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan, not so well handled by others.  Read more


My 24-7 Job

I avoid funerals like the plague. When I was younger, I promised that I would never attend one, not even my own. Anyone who dared to open the casket at my funeral would be in for a shock, as I would not be there. Read more