Interview with Yvonne Blackwood

What is your writing process?
First, I am inspired by a brilliant idea (I feel). I quickly jot it down. This idea can appear at any time—in my car, while watching TV, while I’m in bed, even while I’m visiting a friend. After I mull over the idea, I write an outline to give me a sense of where it can go. I then determine what the first and last chapters will be about. The middle tends to flow from this. Of course, in the case of my non-fiction books, I sketch out most or all of the chapters and fill in the details based on my personal knowledge coupled with research and interviews.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read novels--books that have a story with a good plot that I can get absorbed in, and it must have a surprise along the way. That is why I like John Grisham so much. I like books with a bit of a lesson also.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Notwithstanding the popularity of e-readers etc., I still prefer the traditional book that I can hold, turn the pages, mark the pages, and curl up in bed with it.
Describe your desk
My desk is a Staples job. It faces a wall with a beautiful Caribbean painting. The desk has a fair size surface on which I ‘ve place my computer monitor (I work with a desktop computer and use a notebook when I’m in the living room or travelling). I also have a reading lamp, a Lazy Susan with numerous pens, pencils and highlighters in various compartments, and a tray with files that I am working on. My keyboard sits on a pull-out tray, and my printer is beneath the desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Manchester, a parish in Jamaica. Raised by grand parents, I spent the earlier part of my life on a farm. I am therefore no stranger to dogs, cows, pigs, and fresh citrus fruits. It is interesting that this particular question is in the Smashwords' arsenal, because the novel I have just completed and am about to seek a publisher for, is set on a farm in Manchester and incorporates the real country living, culture, politics, romance and more.
When did you first start writing?
I commenced writing in early 1998. It was by sheer coincidence, or was it divine intervention? I had just returned from my first journey to West Africa in February. Excited to share the details with friends about my amazing experience, I invited several people over for dinner. The overwhelming response was, “You have to share your story with the world, not just us.” I took the suggestion to heart, joined the Canadian Authors Association, and began to attend writing seminars and workshops. I read extensively, books about writing novels, short stories, and articles. While I worked on my first book, Into Africa; a Personal Journey, I wrote columns for three different newspapers. It was hectic but a fabulous experience, and by the way, I was working full-time as a bank manager at the time. The book was published in 2000.
What do your fans mean to you?
The people who read my books are most important to me because without them there wouldn't be much point in continuing to write. It's great to be creative, and I find writing to be quite therapeutic, but at the end of the day, you want someone else to enjoy your efforts-fans do that. The bolster you and encourage you.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
That's a tough question! I am so busy most days I do not know what day or time it is! I usually turn on the television to check! I am on a government board and on that board, I sit on three different committees. At least once per week, I have to attend a committee meeting and I must also read documents in order to be prepared for the meeting. I am doing a major in English at the university, so I am in class at least once per week. I'm the Head Teller at my church and every week I count, record and deposit all offering (in joint custody) into the bank. In addition to reading school textbooks, I read novels for entertainment. I also make sure to visit friends regularly.
Published 2018-03-09.
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Books by This Author

Nosey Charlie Chokes On A Wiener Colouring Book
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books
The indomitable Nosey Charlie is at it again! Nosey Charlie Chokes on a Wiener! Colouring Book is an exciting companion book to the third book in the Nosey Charlie Adventure series. Children ages 4-8 can unleash their creativity and colour these pictures with wild abandon! Or they can try to colour the sketches to match the original book, Nosey Charlie Chokes On A Wiener!
Nosey Charlie Chokes On A Wiener!
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The indomitable Nosey Charlie is at it again! The little orphaned squirrel has recently moved to the city to live with his aunt Leticia, uncle Harold, and his cousin Pete. But he is nosey and wants to find out about everything in his new environment. It is summer and the tantalizing aroma of hot dogs being cooked by a sidewalk vendor gets him all worked up. Are hot dog wieners good for squirrels?
Nosey Charlie Goes To Court
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
From the author of the bestselling Nosey Charlie Comes To Town, this is book # 2 in the Nosey Charlie Adventure series. It is an amazing story that will make you laugh, and sniffle, and hold your breath when Charlie, a spunky little squirrel, disappears. Fascinated with the gleaming white building next door, curiosity ran away him and he just had to find out about it.
Nosey Charlie Comes To Town (The Nosey Charlie Adventures Book 001)
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Nosey Charlie Comes To Town entertains and excites readers from ages 3-8. If they love Curious George, they will adore Nosey Charlie because they have many things in common. The story is about a spunky little squirrel who grew up in the country. He became an orphan and moved to the big city to live in a park with Aunt Leticia, Uncle Harold, and his Cousin Pete. But he is very nosey.
Will That Be Cash or 'Cuffs?
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 44,050. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
A hilarious story with a bizarre cast of characters that appear and disappear like Extraterrestrials, and their ingenious methods of stealing in a large supermarket chain. Interwoven within the fabric of the story is the coming of age of Bobby Blackwood, a six-foot-five college student who works part-time as a security guard to help pay his college expenses.
Into Africa, the Return
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 61,380. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Into Africa: the Return, articulates Blackwood’s second journey to West Africa. This time, she is accompanied by two American cousins. In Ghana, Blackwood meets her protégée, Frieda, and the dashing Pastor Ray for the first time. The cousins explore a mysterious world with alien cultures and experience wonderment, joy and heart-wrenching sadness.