Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve always loved words, how they make someone feel, how they can impact our lives, and often what we hold near and dear to our hearts at the end of every day. Children use the simplest of vocabulary with a smile and are an incredible gift that can brighten up anyone’s day! I love whimsy and inspiration and I wanted to have my books portray that, beyond the words.
I grew up with an abundance of stories that were folklore, lessons or teachings – perhaps because our babysitters were three senior ladies! What I wanted to do was share some of how I grew up in a fun and whimsical way, and how that beautiful beginning shaped my life.
Growing up in a busy home where both parents worked long hours meant there wasn’t ever time for tucking in or bedtime stories – much like the world today. It was always just time for bed and lights off. This desire for bedtime stories lead to the main character ‘Aunty Wasa’… the character Dru is named after my maternal grandmother, Didi is the name my uncles called all of their sisters and the dogs are two of my childhood pets!
Growing up in the Caribbean, I had a childhood that I would not trade for anything. It was also a different time where there was no social media, TV consisted of two channels that signed on/off at non-prime times, and playtime was outside! I grew up with many stories, all of them about love, life lessons and laughter. The experiences and memories of them are very innocent and I wanted to reflect these simple joys in life, of being a child and really how I grew up.
I always knew that I wanted my words not just to inspire but to give beyond what is read. Growing up in two different countries coupled with my travels I recognise that the definition of ‘normal’ is very diverse based on geography and culture; especially for women and children.
A percentage of sales from each book sold will support different charities promoting access to basic things like healthcare, opportunity and fairness. Each book and charity is inspired by different things in my life…experiences, understanding the heart’s voice and resilience to continue to love — more (a great gift that children have) and the beauty I’ve had the privilege to experience.