Category My Book

Where Have I Been?

Hello to my wonderful readers! I know I have been silent for the past year, and many of you have asked me why. The biggest reason is that all of my writing effort has gone into finishing my book. I finished a draft manuscript in August 2013 and submitted it to an editor overseas.  His […]

Interview with Chris John Farley of the Wall Street Journal

This interview with Christopher John Farley first appeared in the Kingston Book Festival supplement in the Jamaica Observer on March 3, 2013. Background Christopher John Farley is a Jamaican-born writer who has had a significant impact on music journalism in the United States. After graduating from Harvard University in 1988, Christopher started writing for Time […]

Memoir Update: 2 Chapters to Go

Happy Valentine’s Day! Many of you have asked for a progress update on my memoir. I have just two chapters to go. The finish line is in sight but it’s so hard to get there! Finishing the book reminds of a 5K I participated in last year. I pushed through until the last 400m, when […]

A Book is a Business

I am trying to decide whether to traditionally publish or self-publish my memoir. As I have done more research into these two paths, I’ve discovered that a book is just one part of a serious business operation. In the traditional publishing model, I would try to get an agent by sending out query letters describing […]

Nanowrimo Update: Results from the 30-day writing challenge

National Novel Writing Month, or Nanowrimo, is almost over. The challenge was to write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. I had a head start because my memoir’s word count was 30,000 at the beginning of the month. It will be 45,000 by the end of the month. That’s 15,000 words or an average […]

Nanowrimo: Cultivating a Daily Practice

Hope everyone votes in the U.S. elections today. No matter who you vote for, it is important to exercise your right to choose a leader to represent you at the highest level. ***** Each year in November, writers around the world gear up to participate in Nanowrimo – National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is […]

Book Excerpt 2: Getting Robbed in Spain

One night, around 10pm, I was walking back to my apartment in Seville from the Internet Café less than 10 minutes away. A nicely dressed, older gentleman with greying hair, who appeared to be in his fifties, was walking behind me. I thought he lived in the apartment building next to ours and did not […]