AT HOME WITH AUTHOR YVONNE BLACKWOOD

Yvonne Blackwood is best-known for the books she’s written about her African travels: “Into Africa A Personal Journey”, and “Into Africa – the Return”.

The former bank manager loves books. Writing them, and reading them. 

Blog Photo - Yvonne with Book

Not surprisingly, there are many books in her home north of Toronto. The photo above shows her in the bedroom “nook” overlooking the wetlands behind her home. 

“I can watch the geese frolic there all year except for the winters. A bookshelf stands in a corner and it is chock full of my favourite books along with books bought but not yet read.” 

Blog Photo - Yvonne wetlands2

More recently, Yvonne authored a humorous book “Will That Be Cash or Cuffs?”

Blog Photo - Yvonne at Desk

Long before that book, however, Yvonne wrote two others.

“One crisp autumn morning after exiting the train, I walked briskly up University Avenue (in Toronto) to my office. I noticed a tiny park next door to a large courthouse, and a gang of squirrels were frolicking and having a good time there. The crab apple trees in the park had lost all their leaves.

“It was a beauty to see the slender branches covered with thousands of little ripe crab apples. Some were strewn on the ground and the squirrels were feasting on them. Suddenly, an idea came to me; write a children’s book about squirrels living in a city!”

But she couldn’t find a publisher. Last fall, she “dusted off the manuscripts, edited them”, found an illustrator and published the books herself. 

Blog Photo - Yvonne Nosey Charlie 1

Two Nosey Charlie books – for children 3 to 8 — were published earlier this year on Amazon’s platform, Createspace.

Blog Photo - Yvonne Nosey Charlie 2

How is writing for children different than writing for adults? I asked.

“The big differences are―because it’s a children’s picture book―pictures show the readers a part of the story, therefore, there is no need to spell out everything in prose; you use fewer words. Each book has less than fifteen hundred words.

“You also have to be a bit more careful with the words you use. Although you never ‘talk down’ to children, at the same time you do not use too many big words, and you do not write long, complex sentences.”

BLOG Photo - Yvonne with NC Book

As Yvonne enjoys the summer in her house and garden, there is still more news on the way.

Blog Photo - Yvonne Clematis Vine

A third Nosey Charlie book  will be published in September .

Yvonne says:  “I’ll keep writing the stories as long as I remain inspired and the readers continue to love Charlie.”

Congrats, Yvonne!

 

 

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18 responses to “AT HOME WITH AUTHOR YVONNE BLACKWOOD

  1. Thank you for introducing your readers to Yvonne Blackwood, Cynthia! I have bookmarked the references to her books.

  2. Great interview, ladies. I’m happy Yvonne took the bull by the horns in order to get her stories out into the world. What a great smile she has!

  3. Great highlight of Yvonne. It seems she has found a real passion for writing. Thanks for the introduction Cynthia.

  4. Sandra Walton-Ball

    Another wonderful story Cynthia about a very successful lady! Nice to meet her through you. Thank you. Hope to see you someday soon.

  5. It was very nice to read about Yvonne who has such an obvious passion for writing. The description of her reading nook that overlooks a wetland, complete with stocked bookshelf, had me wishing for such a nook!

  6. That reading nook sounds wonderful! Thank-you for introducing me to Yvonne, Cynthia.

  7. How wonderful to open a door and publish herself after having a door closed!! Very nice interview….Tina

  8. Congratulations to you, Yvonne! Having followed a similar path (I wrote two novels, then just this spring published an illustrated children’s book) I appreciate your dedication and love of reading, writing, and publishing. And the differences between writing a book for adults, and one for children.

  9. It was lovely learning about Yvonne and her writing journey Cynthia. Thank you. 🙂

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