Yvonne Blackwood


Yvonne Blackwood is an author, columnist, blogger, world traveller, and retired banker. Published books include: the very successful Into Africa a Personal Journey. It ranked in the top five best-selling books under Ghana on the Amazon.com web site in 2002; the hilarious Will That Be Cash or Cuffs? set in a supermarket chain, Into Africa: The Return, and children's book, Nosey Charlie Comes To Town.

Yvonne has published several short stories and won the millennium short story contest held by the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto Branch, in 2000. The story, Best Friends, is published in an anthology titled In all Directions. She is a contributor to the fabulous anthology Canadian Voices.

Yvonne has written numerous articles for several newspapers including Canada's largest newspaper, the Toronto Star.

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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Where to find Yvonne Blackwood online

Where to buy in print


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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