Here’s a sneak peek of my book!!!!
I have produced documentaries for CNN for more than a decade. Storytelling is in my blood, born in Kingston Jamaica, when I was in high school I devoured Sidney Sheldon’s suspense novels.
It’s not until doing research for this book, I discovered that he was a television writer and producer, just like me, but at fifty years old, he leaned into his passion for storytelling started writing novels. That is what made him famous.
I am following in his footsteps, not for fame but I have a passion for telling stories and it is never too late to start pursuing new dreams. If you are reading this and thinking,
“I am too old. It’s too late. I should be further along in my life.”
Here is some breaking news! That is a limiting belief, press pause on that thought and resurrect those dreams today.
Looking back at my high school years, I could have never imagined becoming a producer for a national American network. Not because I didn’t have a dream, but simply because I was not exposed to that career option in the islands. Growing up in Jamaica the more visible career options were doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, pastors, accountants, business owners, sales reps, bankers, and secretaries. I planned to be a pediatrician.
But that changed when my high school—Merl Grove High, sent me to intern at a start-up TV Station. CVM Television was right next door to my school. That experience turned into a bachelor’s degree in Television and Radio from Brooklyn College when I migrated to the United States. Eventually, my passion led me to produce profiles of Caribbean immigrants living in New York and finally here… CNN, wherein these past few years I have produced more than 300 interviews and b-roll shoots with more than 20 top name correspondents and hosts, from Don Lemon and Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Soledad O’Brien and Jada Pinkett Smith. Great accomplishments that were all divinely orchestrated and I believe the best is yet to come.
But before all of that, starting back on the island of Jamaica where I grew up with my beloved grandmother or as the locals say in patois, “Yuh grow wid yuh granny.” Translated you were raised by your grandmother. My parents were away. Mom overseas and Dad out of touch, although he lived on the island. Two strikes, I was a child of migration, who had an absentee father.
Throughout my childhood, I suffered from abandonment, disappointment, rejection, and brokenness that left me feeling shipwrecked. The question is not if these broken experiences will come, but when?
But my island granny gave me spiritual tools and a road map to find the faith to move forward, after a mental, spiritual and emotional crash!
If you have experienced shipwrecks in your life, and I’ve had quite a few, this book is designed with you in mind. Abandoned, broken and crushed—we all get a taste of this ABC cocktail at some point in our lives.
Through the vehicle of my own childhood with my grandma in Jamaica, I share stories of faith, love, and restoration to help you rebuild the ruins of your life. You will discover the joys and the pains of island life without parents. You will go on a journey to exquisite locations all across the island. You will gain the tools to tap into a supernatural force that will rescue you from the prison of brokenness and life’s darkest hours.
This book is filled with inspiration, memories and a message to help you move forward by completely shifting your paradigm.
When the storms of life have broken you and left you on its shores half dead, you can bounce back and use these experiences to become a better version of yourself.
Isaiah 61 from the Holy Bible is my motivation to share this book with you. It simply states the following:
THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD GOD IS UPON ME,
BECAUSE THE LORD HAS ANOINTED ME
TO BRING GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR.
HE HAS SENT ME TO COMFORT THE BROKENHEARTED
AND TO PROCLAIM THAT
CAPTIVES WILL BE RELEASED
AND PRISONERS WILL BE FREED.
Welcome to the journey where God becomes more than a belief… He becomes an all-out experience.