I was nominated for the Leibster Award by Bookish Owlette. No I don’t get a shiny trophy; I get this virtual badge, and an opportunity to share more and connect with other members of the blogging community (read the rules here). I don’t do these a lot (because, time) but, with thanks to the blog that nominated me, I’m leaping in to this one. Let’s go.
I’m supposed to answer some questions:
1.Have you ever met an author or celebrity in real life? Who and what happened!?
I’ve been fortunate to meet a number of authors – I’m an author myself and sometimes participate in events where our paths cross. I try not to go mute when it’s an author I’m in awe of, emphasis on try. But my first experience meeting a big shot writer was when I was assigned to be Derek Walcott’s …something…usher? chaperone?…at a university dinner when I was still a student. He had recently won the Nobel prize so everyone wanted his autograph and thought I could get it for them. Fun *sarcasm*. But one of my literary collectibles is a picture of me and Walcott (who died earlier this year) from that night.
2.What inspires your blog content and design?
Re the design, I want ease of navigation and colour wise I just pick colours I like – initially it was black and orange, two colours I love, but I was advised that it was too dark and tried to brighten it up a bit with a lighter palette. I really started blogging as part of my author platform and have been feeling my way – I like talking books, I talk about my journey as a writer, and I participate in these fabulous memes.
3.Which Hogwarts House are you in?
I have no idea. Have never read a Harry Potter book and have seen only bits and pieces of the film… or films, I’m not sure – could be different parts of the same film. I did watch all of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them though so I’m not totally out of the loop. I still don’t know the houses though.
4.Would you do this, get $100,000 every week = marry the one person you hate, and loathe.
No. Well…do we have to live together?… nah, still no.
5.What is the story behind your blog name?
Jhohadli is a pen name a dorm mate gave me in university. I liked it so I kept it. It’s a blend of my name and my island’s indigenous name.
6.Time Machine and Magic Wand in hand, if you could be any person in the world, who would you be and why?
I still want to be myself but I wouldn’t mind hanging with Zora Neale Hurston in a jazz club in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance.
7.What’s your dream job?
Writer making real money.
8.What is the main obstacle you face in your blog?
Time to blog is a factor. I maintain two blogs. But I like it, though sometimes I struggle with how much to share.
9.Most embarrassing moment.
…speaking of, this feels like an overshare trap… pass.
10.If you could be a supernatural being, what would you be?
I’m going to count Storm as a supernatural being. Not only is she one of my favourite super heroes I’ve written a whole (unpublished) rant about why, now that Wonder Woman’s got hers, Storm needs her origins movie…for the sistahs.
11.Which fictional character would you marry?
Lol…literary crushes I’ve had a few… I don’t know if I’d marry them but I was drawn to Cloud Racer in Orenda, a historical novel centered among the Iroquois by Kate Cameron, and Fire in Colin Channer’s Waiting in Vain, a contemporary romance. Mr. Darcy, from the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice just popped in to my head…probably has to do with me rewatching the movie recently and, yes, he’s an a*shole for most of it but then he isn’t, you know.
I’m also supposed to give 11 random facts about myself.
My sister island is Barbuda (and she still needs hurricane relief help, so help if you can). Yes, islands have sisters.
I have one too.
I was once a majorette.
I love Carnival. (Image above is from last Carnival when I and some friends performed as the tree faerie from my children’s picture book With Grace).
I’m not the athlete in my family (that’s my niece).
I’m not the musician either but I did play guitar in my teens – which helped when I was writing my book Musical Youth.
When I was a kid we lit starlites and rockets and lit up the night during Guy Fawkes (fun!). We didn’t do Halloween (though it seems to be catching on lately; think any of the kids will dress up next year as one of the characters from my picture book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure); I might not do Halloween but that’d be kind of dope.
When music hits me I feel no pain.
My island has 365 beaches, one for every day of the year; but who’s counting.
Author photo shoot with Emile Hill at one of the 365.
My first author photo was taken by my friend Jane in her backyard.
(It was, as pictured, for the back cover of the re-issue of my first book The Boy from Willow Bend)
Now, I’m supposed to nominate 11 blogs.
Books & Munches.
Dressed to Read.
Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Blame it on Chocolate.
Jenea’s Book Obsession.
Darlene’s Book Nook.
African Book Addict.
Library of Clean Reads.
And now I have to give them 11 questions (okay, these are going to be totally random okay because it’s 3:35 a.m. here and my eyes are closing).
Do you watch The Crown? (I tried but it didn’t take; how about you?)
Have you read Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings (it’s what I’m reading right now)
How do you recharge?
Have you ever been fishing?
What’s your favourite work of visual art?
What makes you happy?
Who’s your favourite stand-up comedian?
What, to your mind, is the greatest shift/change in human history?
How much of your time does social media eat up?
Apart from your own, what’s your favourite country?
Marcus Garvey was a character in my most recent read, Glorious by Bernice McFadden (read my review here). What’s your favourite book which includes, as a character, a person known from real life?