• On Writing,  This and that

    Taking Caribbean Stories to the Stars!

    I’m really looking forward to attending WORD! – A Caribbean Book Fest in NYC this weekend. I just read an article by Kellie Magnus, my co-panelist and I loved the quote “Caribbean stories deserve a place in the multi-billion dollar children’s book market.” Join us at CUNY this weekend.

  • On Writing,  This and that

    Image, Then and Now

    The first time I picked up The Giving Tree, I reacted very strongly to the author’s photo on the back. I thought, “This must be an excellent book, because the author is a scary looking guy!” And it was true. Shel Silverstein became one of my favorite children’s books authors. I thought about him this morning as I got ready to go to a bookstore to discuss doing a book reading there. The Giving Tree was written more than fifty years ago, and I wonder how Mr. Silverstein, who seems rather reluctant to be photographed, would have fared today when everything is recorded and immediately disseminated.

  • Children and Reading,  On Writing,  This and that

    Anansesem

    When Summer Edwards, the founder and Managing Director of Anansesem CaribbeanReads contacted me for an interview I readily agreed. Anansesem is a wonderful project, and I encourage budding writers of all ages to take a look. –Click here to read the interview.

  • On Writing

    Star Power

    These days I don’t make any significant purchases without checking to reviews. If it is a non-book item, I try to find professional reviews and if these are not available I weed through user reviews, keeping in mind that most people don’t go back and write a review unless they really hate or really love a product.

  • On Writing

    My Favorite Things

    I think I have said this many times, so pardon me if you have heard it before. One of my favorite activities is conducting author visits at elementary schools.

  • On Writing

    Critical Thinking

    Today I took part in a critiquing workshop for writers of children’s books. It was the first time that I had participated in any sort of group critique. I had no idea what to expect and I found it quite fascinating.

  • On Writing

    Chee Chee in the BVI

    Chee Chee, the vervet monkey featured in the Caribbean Adventure Series and Chee Chee’s Adventures, had a real life adventure this month. Read about it on the Caribbean Reads website.

  • On Writing

    Unintended Consequences

    I recently let go of a story that I had been holding back for over a year. It was edited by Liane and I think that was late in 2011. I submitted ‘The Soup’ to the St. Somewhere Journal and it was published in their April 2013 issue.

  • On Writing

    Exercises in Creativity

    I’ve been working on the fourth book in the Caribbean Adventure Series for over a year. The cover is just about ready but the book is not. It has been delayed by many distractions; other books detailing Chee Chee’s earlier adventures, Seascapes and then books that I have published for others. I recently received the push that I needed to complete it, an actual deadline, and so I have dedicated the last week on completing this book.