Secrets of the Tenari by Jackie Jones – Coming May 4th 2013

Enter the hidden and dangerous world of the fae, where nothing is as it seems.

Secrets of the Tenari, the exciting debut and the first book in the Tenari Trilogy, by author Jackie Jones.

Click the link below to go to Jackie’s site, check out the cover reveal and even get a chance to win a free copy!

http://jackiejonesfiction.com/2013/04/24/random-wednesdays-secrets-of-the-tenari-cover-reveal/

 

Available on Amazon from May 4th 2013.

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

I attended a workshop on Writing Creative Non-Fiction on Wednesday, March 20th, conducted by Andrea Stuart, and organised by the NCF Literary Arts Desk. I jumped at the opportunity to attend, not only because it was a free workshop by a respected author, but because I am one of the Editors of an upcoming anthology of sensual memoirs by Caribbean women. I hope you know of Senseisha by now. Submissions have been trickling in, and it’s already shaping up to be one controversial read!

Oh so many genres, so little time…

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Sample of my True Crime Collection

I have always LOVED True Crime. My good friends used to buy me True Crime and Serial Killer biographies as birthday and Christmas gifts. They knew they couldn’t go wrong with those – True Crime books or earrings. I always joke that if the Criminal Minds team had to inspect my bedroom (Shamar, you are welcome anytime!), they would look at my bookshelf and diagnose me a serial killer. What does your bookshelf say about you?

I even tried my hand at investigating unsolved murders here in Barbados, and had some articles published in local newspapers about the Canefield Murders (a killer who dumped his female victims in canefields), and the Pele case (the controversial murder of a local football star). Why did I stop? I hope in a couple years I’ll be able to tell you…

So…Back to Andrea Stuart – author of the books Showgirls, which was adapted into a two-part documentary for the Discovery Channel, and The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon’s Josephine. Her third and current book Sugar in the Blood: One Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire was published in England (2012) by Portobello Books and was published in the US by Knopf in January (2013).

I.e she knows her stuff. Below I’ve noted some key facts and tips that she shared with the workshop attendees about writing creative non-fiction. Those persons who wish to submit to Senseisha should pay special attention. Continue reading

Food, Food and More Food

So this is supposed to be a writing blog, but it is mine so I can write whatever I want – and today I want to talk about food.

I don’t particularly love to cook, but I love to eat, and I love to see other people enjoying a meal I prepared. I pretend to be upset when food that I cooked is eaten in record time, but inside I feel a bit of pleasure that the meal was THAT good.

Please don’t mention this to my family. I like cooking when I want to do it, and not when I am expected to do it.

Anyway, here are some meals I want to highlight:

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World Book Day at Days Book Store

Yesterday, March 7th,  I was invited to read a story (thank you Arts Etc!) for World Book Day. Confused? That’s because March 7th is UK World Book Day and April 23rd is US World Book Day.  Which world is it? The UK or American world? Anyway, I won’t complain about getting to celebrate books twice.

Days Book Store

Days Book Store, located in Independence Square, Bridgetown, Barbados celebrated World Book Day by staging an in-store open day event, where children read from their favourite story books, and then local authors read excerpts from their stories, and discussed our writing journey and the importance of reading. This event was not only free to the public, but had live internet stream, and was broadcasted on Starcom’s VOB 92.9.

Before I go any further I want to state how impressed I am with Days Book Store for their continuous support of local writers, and their efforts to develop future readers. It is so hard to find local and Caribbean books in most bookstores – many titles are found at the back of the store on ONE obscure shelf, but I guarantee that you can always find at least one local title in the display window at Days Book Store. Thank you Karen Austin, Keith Austin and the rest of the Days Bookstore team. We appreciate all that you’re doing.

Since the event was being broadcast live on radio, I had edited out all of the cuss words from the piece I was reading called Four Angry Men; a story about four old men in a rum shop talking about women, cricket and politics. You can imagine how much editing I had to do.

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Marc Gibson – Pen Pal

Marc has always had a way with words. This curious affinity has led him down a meandering path  that includes being educated at the Barbados Community College  in Mass Communications, stints as a copy-writer, print journalist, freelance writer and more recently a screenwriter.

Also very passionate about film and television, he pursued the Motion Picture Arts programme at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.

He enjoys reading fiction in general (Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series is a favourite) and comics in particular, in addition to the cinematic works of Christopher Nolan, JJ Abrams and Alfred Hitchcock.

Marc can often be found entertaining himself for several seconds at a time with several computer games such as action RPGs like Dragon Age: Origins, the Mass Effect franchise as well as action RTS favourites such as DoTA2 and League of Legends.

Bridgeland is his debut graphic novel that he hopes paves the way for many more.

http://www.bridgelandcomic.com/About_Us.html

Sandra Sealy – Pen Pal

Sandra Sealy aka “Seawoman” is the Creator of Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps.

Click HERE to watch her recent interview on Youtube.  

**Compliments Russell Watson of R-Studio  and Ayesha Gibson-Gill, Literary Arts Cultural Officer of the National Cultural Foundation

Sandra Sealy – Profile

Click HERE to read about her upcoming VLOG “Writing In Sand”. 

Fondly referred to in his “Bird Rising” (Words Need Love Too-House of Nehesi Publishers) by Kamau Brathwaite as “Princess of Chichén Itzá”, Sandra Sealy is aperformance poet, business communications consultant, blogger and multi-award-winning writer of poetry, short stories, children’s stories, plays. She possesses a wealth of experience in cultural administration and freelance writing/editing. She describes herself as “a Canadian-Barbadian raised writer clutching an English birth certificate”.

Her background in public relations and marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more.Sandra’s work has been widely anthologised internationally. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Journal of Caribbean Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle Ezine.comCaribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados).

“Aunty Sandra’s” work with children lead to her being the first Poetry Editor (Adults and Kids) with the online Caribbean children’s literature magazine Anansesemcreated by Summer Edward.

Among her publishing credits are the travel writing/exclusive coverage of the concert of Grammy-winning soul artist Lauren Hill in Trinidad for the Nation Newspaper; exclusive coverage (and public relations co-ordination) of theglamorous society wedding of Barbados business magnate Ralph “Bizzy” Williams and his bride Shelly.

Her dèbut spoken-word CD single “Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single” (Butterfly Creative Productions/ Kolaiah Studios 2003) which was favourably reviewed in Ejazznews.com, became an award-winning music video directed by Dr. Gladstone Yearwood.

NEW: You can listen to Sandra’s 2-track music set produced by Kolaiah Studios byCLICKING HERE! The  second track “See Jazz” (click the link to LISTEN!), will be also on her upcoming album.

She actively maintains Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps (award-winning website dedicated to assisting international writers); Seawoman’s Caribbean Blogspot (writing blog); and the popular Facebook group Caribbean Writers.

Read her candid interview with Caribbean Literary Salon.

Please feel free to contact Sandra or see her Writing Credits here or at Contently.com for more details. Follow her on Linked In.

Memberships

**Caribbean Writers on Facebook (Creator)

**VOICES: Barbados Writers’ Collective (Member/2nd Co-ordinator)

**Good READS (Member) goodreads.com/seawomanBDS

**The International Travel Writers Alliance (Member)

**Barbados Copyright Agency (B-COPY) – (former Director/Board Secretary) – bcopy246[at]gmail.com

**Freelance Writing Organization International

**E-Drum

**SheWrites Member

**Timbooktu.com

**Visit Caribbean Literary Salon

Nailah Imoja – Pen Pal

Nailah Folami Imoja is a Barbadian/British writer. A teacher by day, she has been published in numerous anthologies and is the author of 13 novellas. These include titles from her Romance Series — Caribbean Passion. One of these short novels, Pick of the Crop, was published by Heinemann Publishing (Oxford) in 2004.

Her greatest opus thus far is her daughter, Adanna.

Check out her profile and books at here.