“The idea that sex is something a woman gives a man, and she loses something when she does that, which again for me is nonsense. I want us to raise girls differently where boys and girls start to see sexuality as something that they own, rather than something that a boy takes from a girl.”
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Yes. I was in High School and i started writing a historical romance based on slavery. A fascinating story that i hope to complete one day.
What is your writing process?
It is largely influenced by my mood and my experiences on a day to day basis. I believe a reader can identify with a story that speaks to his every day life. He can find somebody within that story from his life to relate to.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes i do remember my first story but the first book that i read that impacted my life was Harper Lee's " To kill a Mocking Bird". Being of Caribbean heritage and living in a post colonial society, studying caribbean history, that book spoke volumes about race and injustice in this hemisphere. The Book made me cry.
How do you approach cover design?
hahha. Am not very good at graphics. But i like art and i like deeper meanings..so i try as much as possible to promote what i have in the book on the cover as they say a picture says a thousand words.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"To Kill a MockingBird" By Harper Lee
"Green Days by the River" By, Micheal Anthony
" The School Master" By Earl Lovelace
"The Philosophies of Marcus Garvey"
"The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto" Adidjah Palmer aka Vybz Kartel
What do you read for pleasure?
Harlequinns, Mills and Boons, I like short Romance Novels
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Definitely a Google Nexus, Kindle or Kobo App
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Describe your desk?
My desk has my music, My laptop, a burning incense, my iphone, my tablet, a drink of herbal tea, a cup of water and numerous typing sheet and pencils, last but not least my favorite book.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in small rural community in Westmoreland, Jamaica. We have a lot of canefields and rivers, with small moutains. I remember a few tragedies that happened in my area that forced me as a child to look at society differently. A young man i knew was shot by the police for urinating near a car. I remembered hearing how he was killed over some woman. And i guess that's the first time i thought police weren't as safe as those police men books i read at the primary school i attended. I was in my bed and the gunshots woke me up. It happened at a dead yard a few houses from where i lived.
A little boy that frequent the standpipe we went to as children to fetch water, drowned in a "two sister" river. That was very tragic because as child, it never occurred to me that children died too. I was at the age of around eight coming face to face for the first time with my own mortality. I remembered the funeral, in particular the graves, everything else is blurry but i remember the bands and my grandmother singing the protestant hymns and the church members reverie as they sent home another soul.
Life was good as child, I played ball with my sister and cousins, I went to the nieghbours yard and played "Dolly House" with the children, We had weddings and married each other with "Bulla cake and water". My childhood was fun and my grandmother provided for us. We were very happy as kids. My teenage years were tumultuous and am still getting over that phase at twenty five.
Coming from a lower socio-economic family, and Growing up in a working class community, i know a thing about humanity at its most basal level, unfiltered by exposure to education or progressive values. I know what "ghetto People" are intrinsically like because i am child of that process. I am very much affected by the way i was socialised.
When did you first start writing?
When i was about fourteen or so. I discovered i liked my imagination. I daydreamed a lot and i wanted to share my inner world with the outside world.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Barn Raiders is actually taken from Anthony "B"s song, "Nobody want to plant the corn, everybody want to raid the barn." He is one of my favorite vintage reggae artiste. The book is basically about notions of people i grew up with and some i meet where we all want to be successful and we are only happy for the progress of others if we somehow believe we have something to gain. Your friend can become successful if you are allowed to enjoy his success through proxy. People love you until you become their competition.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am penniless therefore going the route of paying for a publication is expensive. But i got help, financially from alot of people i have met over the years and i am eternally grateful to them. Francesca Tisot, Ron Ricketts, Owen Salmon, Lorette Simpson, Tyrese, Livingston Brown.
But my niche is growing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reading it over and wondering if i wrote all of that. There is something about when you right, it transcends you to a different place. And when you come out of that "place" you wonder if that person was you or somebody else?
What do your fans mean to you?
Well i love my readers. I have blog that for a small niche like Jamaican Literature i get a couple thousand visitors per month. So i am grateful to the people who keep coming back. The first book i sold, i was happy because a complete stranger wanted to take time out of their schedule to hear what i have to say, to become assimilated in the runnings of my waton imagination.
What are you working on next?
Historical Romance and The Barn Raiders
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to party. I live in Jamaica so i love the beach, the music, the vibe and the rum.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
1. You cannot call him certain time a night.
2. You need an appointment to see him. You cannot just show up at his workplace or Home.
3. You do not know where he lives and probably have never met him anywhere where he frequents.
4. You do not know his friends or have never met any of his immeadiate family. His entire life is a mystery to you.
5. He cannot take you to sleep at his house because he lives with his parents.
6. He cannot sleep with you because he does not like to sleep elsehwere other than in his bed and he has to wake up early and get to work.
7. Never available for special holidays like christmas and valentines. Birthday's worst. He leaves the presents you buy him at your house because he cannot possible take them home.
8. Insist that you do not get pregnant despite telling you that he loves you and want to start a family with.
9. Has no problem with you having other sexual relations. He is not jealous of your new boy toy only insist that you save a slot for him. He is either not interested or is already committed.
10. He disappears for days at length. No phone call. No contact. Then reappears and spends weekend then vanishes against.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
- Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
- Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
- Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
- Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
- Start as close to the end as possible.
- Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
- Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
- Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.