My novel: Kingston Dreams
The novel that I am currently working to publish is called Kingston Dreams. Set in Jamaica, it is loosely based on my experiences living and working in an inner-city Kingston community as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2002-2004. This is not, however, a memoir; the characters and events of the story are completely fictional.
Stevon, a thirty-one-year-old doctor from a privileged background, has recently returned to his birthplace of Kingston, Jamaica, after twelve years abroad. His former high school sweetheart and first love, Shayla, an unwed mother of two, has been unable to overcome poverty and escape the violent Kingston ghetto of her childhood. When he unexpectedly encounters her on the street selling fruit, he is disturbed that the confident, brilliant student he once knew has become a worn-down higgler. Eager to help her out of her desperate situation, he introduces her to Jade, a PhD student who is researching urban poverty—and who happens to be his fiancée. Soon, their lives become entangled in a love triangle of genuine good intentions, unresolved secrets, and raw desires.
Alternating between Stevon and Shayla’s points of view, Kingston Dreams explores the complexities of race and class on a small island nation that straddles the first and third worlds. The love story takes readers on a journey across modern Jamaica, from the squalor of its violent ghettos to the commercialism of its tourist-filled beaches to the beauty of its lush mountains.
The opening scene of an earlier draft of the novel was published on the BBC website. Read it here.
An article that I wrote titled “Don’t Blame the Beam” was published in the October 2013 issue of International Gymnast magazine. It will be most amusing to gymnastics fans and people who enjoy watching televised gymnastics, but get annoyed by the commentators. Read it here: International Gymnast Article