Her children’s illustrated Myrtle the Purple Turtle books have also been bestsellers and have received excellent reviews.
Cynthia is a former journalist, producer-director and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. More than a hundred episodes of her programs appeared on network television. She won national and international awards and acclaim for her work, 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 her birth, Jamaica, inducted Cynthia into the Order of Distinction, Commander Rank, in recognition of her work in Canadian and international journalism.
Today, years after a life-changing event, I write.
I write about home. In the blocks-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 doing so for decades, no matter what job I was in at the time.
My books for children were first inspired when I realized that my 4-year old daughter was distressed by something that happened to her at school.
28 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 ben recognized with an award. It has been translated into French. There are two other books in the (English) series so far.
A Good Home, now a bestseller, 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.
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.