Yvonne Blackwood


Yvonne Blackwood is an author, award-winning short story writer, columnist, world traveler, and retired banker. Her published books include: Into Africa a Personal Journey; the hilarious Will That Be Cash or Cuffs? and Into Africa, the Return. Inspired several years ago to write children’s books, she published Nosey Charlie Comes To Town, Nosey Charlie Goes To Court, Nosey Charlie Chokes On a Weiner! and Nosey Charlie Chokes On A Wiener Colouring Book, all part of a series of Nosey Charlie Adventure series.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Nosey Charlie Chokes On A Wiener Colouring Book
Price: $3.99 USD. 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 USD. 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 USD. 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 USD. 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 USD. 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 USD. 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.

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Smashwords book reviews by Yvonne Blackwood

  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on March 29, 2018

    Although I had two adult eBooks books published with Smashwords sometime ago I had not followed up with the marketing aspect. I have now published some children’s books and have been adding them to Smashwords. It’s great to see the books in the Ibookstore and on Kobo. I am glad that Mark has done these podcast; I find them helpful and I am sure by employing some of his tips, my books will be more successful.