Jacqueline Grant

Biography

My passions are history and writing. I spend most of my time researching books I am planning to write or actually writing them. I have a PhD in Caribbean and Latin American history and I teach 11th and 12th grade students at a private college prep school in Reno.

I was born on the island of Jamaica and many of my stories are set in the Caribbean or have Caribbean themes. But I also write about lots of other things and I'm particularly fond of stories that help children see their value and stories that just plain make people giggle. I hope you enjoy reading Gunga Peas Books.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't think this was the first story I ever read, but it is one that stayed with me. It was called Bettina's Secret and I read it way back in the early 1970s when I was in Catholic boarding school in Jamaica. Each month we could pick books to order from a book club and I chose Bettina's Secret. There was something about the quietness of that story and the discoveries Bettina made that fed my passion for reading.
How do you approach cover design?
I am not a designer and I like it that way. I am told my covers are distinctly me. I look for an image that I connect with and I build the cover layout, background theme and colors around this image. At some point I might use a fancier process but, honestly, I love the simplicity of Gunga Peas Books' covers.
Read more of this interview.

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Books

My Name is Noel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,140. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
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My Name is Noel is a middle-grade fictional story written from 12-year-old Noel’s point of view and describes an immigrant boy’s struggle to fit in to his new Miami school. Young people reading this story will see how overcoming their own prejudices can lead to real friendships.
Kiesha's Kwanzaa
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
Kiesha doesn't understand what is happening to her family. Papa hides behind the newspaper at dinner time, her brother Derrick is always grumpy and gets into trouble all the time. And Mama seems unhappy. Thank goodness for her precious library books. When she discovers a family celebration called Kwanzaa, Kiesha thinks she has found a way to help her family, but is it too late?
Abigail's Summer: A Story About Gettysburg
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,370. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
This 12,000-word middle grade (10 to 12 year olds) historical fiction tells the story of Abigail’s experience during the battle of Gettysburg. Abigail is right in the thick of the action and not only experiences war first-hand, she also experiences her first love.
My Trelawney: Tonia's Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,280. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
It is 17th-century Jamaica and Tonia is a slave girl growing up on a sugar plantation. Determined to win her freedom and also her mother's, she comes up with a daring plan to sail away with Henry Morgan's band of pirates. Will she earn enough booty to buy her freedom? Will she even make it back to Jamaica?

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