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The Scent of Tangerines

  Since the death of my mother three years ago, my mind frequently wanders back to my childhood and the family traditions passed down through her. Christmas was a very special time in my life as a child. There was always a tree, good food, candy and most of all tangerines. My mother grew up […]

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The Value of Family by Constance Gillam

Reading Piper Hughley’s post yesterday made me decide to change the topic of my original post to this one: The Value of Family. Last summer my sister and I set out on a voyage to discover our hidden past. That might sound a little melodramatic but in African American history so little is known about […]

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Your Character’s Emotions by Constance Gillam

    The key, in my opinion, to a great reading experience is to establish an emotional connection between the reader and the characters. I struggle with bringing that emotion to life on the page and would be interested in how others do it. How do you as the writer tap into emotions? Sometimes I use music […]

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Trini Cuisine by Constance Gillam

  I wanted to mention the cuisine on Trinidad and Tabago in this last post. Trinidad has primarily two ethnic groups, Africans and South Asians. Whites make up less than one percent of the population. The cuisine reflects the tastes of these two majority groups. Like all Caribbean islands the fruits and nuts are numerous. There are […]

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Tabago by Constance Gillam

Tabago is the smaller of the two islands of Trinidad and Tabago. The island is just north of Trinidad and both are outside the Atlantic hurricane belt. Since the two islands are tropical, there are only two seasons: dry and wet. Jim (hubby) and I were there in the wet season, but saw very little rain.   […]

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What’s in a Title?

As some of you might know, I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to find a title for my historical novella. In the past titles have sprung up from my manuscripts without prompting. This time I’ve petitioned my critique partners, Facebook friends and strangers on the street for a title without success. The story is a […]

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