I’m a passionate gardener and writer, and am happiest digging around in the dirt. I’ve also written several bestselling books, including A Good Home, An Honest House, and the richly illustrated Twigs in My Hair, A Gardening Memoir
My children’s illustrated Myrtle the Purple Turtle books have also been successes and have received excellent reviews.
I’m a former journalist, producer-director, trainer and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. More than a hundred episodes of my programs appeared on network television. Along the way, I won national and international awards, including The Children’s Broadcast Institute Award , The Trailblazer Award and The Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television.
In October 2016, the country of my birth, Jamaica, inducted me into the Order of Distinction, Commander Rank, in recognition of my work in international journalism. That honour brought me to tears.
Today, years after a life-changing event, I write.
I write about home. In the bricks-and-mortar sense, yes. But I also write about the villages, towns, cities and homelands we call “home” and our relationships with and in them. I’ve been writing ‘on the side’ for decades, no matter what job I had.
My books for children were first inspired when I realized that my young daughter was distressed by something that happened to her at school.
Years after I first wrote this bedtime story to comfort my daughter, Myrtle the Purple Turtle was published to great acclaim from reviewers and readers alike and recognized with an award. My daughter Lauren Reyes- Grange, a gifted storyteller, became co-author of the series.
A Good Home, a bestseller for months, was written over many years. The story begins in a tiny, magical, pink farmhouse in the Jamaican countryside and ends in another farmhouse — this one, a sprawling, historic place near Toronto, Canada with many stories of its own.
An Honest House won the 2016 Diamond Award for Book of the Year. It’s an intimate portrayal of a family dealing with hard truths after a life-changing event. Despite those realities — and setbacks — this family is determined to express love, find courage and celebrate their blessings.
Twigs in My Hair is a stroll through the gardens and gardeners I have loved. Gardening was an instrument of grace during my toughest years. It also taught me to laugh again, because gardening can be a crazy hobby!
I’m thankful to the many readers who write to me – marvelous, moving letters about my books’ or blog’s impact on their lives.
On this blog, you’ll find posts that vary from the serious to the ridiculous. (Ridiculous, because life gets so challenging at times, a person has to find the humour in it.) This blog, and my blogging community, have been a cherished part of my life in recent years. You’re welcome to join us.
THANK YOU for visiting.