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What do you hope that children would gain from reading “Five Birds on A Wire”?

I would hope that after reading “Five Birds on a Wire”, children would have an enhanced appreciation for their surroundings. The sights and sounds that they never really noticed before, should become more apparent. I would hope that children would learn to pause every now and then to enjoy nature. Whether in the city, a rural environment or in the suburbs, the sky is above us, the birds fly, the sun shines. It’s all there for our enjoyment. I hope that my book will remind young children to embrace each outdoor experience that they have to the fullest.

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What is Your Favorite Part of the Children’s Book “Five Birds on a Wire”?

Have you ever taken a moment, on a nice day, to close your eyes, and enjoy the sun? I find it to be one of the most relaxing experiences. Especially when the occasional cool breeze passes by. Undoubtedly, my favorite part of “Five Birds on a Wire” is the following line: The sun’s rays shine down from the skies Warming my cheeks… This line immediately brings to mind the feeling the warmth and comfort that the sun brings. I reminds me of my ‘happy place’. What’s your favorite line?

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Why did you choose to create this character for your children’s book?

The character that I created for the children’s book “Five Birds on a Wire” is very much a reflection of me and my own children. I wanted to create a character that was true to who I am and what I know. “Five Birds on a Wire” is an authentic story that is very much a reflection of the simple experiences that I enjoyed while growing up in the Caribbean. It highlights my fondest moments as an ‘island girl’.  It was my pleasure to be able to create a book with a character that represents a population that is very much so under represented in children’s books by percentage.

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Where Did Your Inspiration The “Five Birds on a Wire” Illustrations Come From?

My inspiration for the illustrations found in “Five Birds on a Wire” comes from my memories and experiences from the Caribbean. As a child, I remember enjoying vivid blue skies that were clear and crisp, raindrops that fell like crystals from the sky, birds that sat on wires singing and bold green vegetation that donned colorful flowers. These memories heavily influenced the artistic creation of the setting for the book “Five Birds on a Wire”.

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Which details were you focused on when you were creating the main character?

When I was creating the main character in “Five Birds on a Wire”, I chose to create a little girl character with free flowing hair, a simple white dress and bare feet. I wanted her style to convey a sense of freedom, joy and comfort. My goal is to appeal to the children of today. I wanted the character to radiate modern-simplicity with a touch of ‘child-like sweetness’. I remember simpler times when running outside and taking in the breeze was an appreciated experience. I wanted the character to be reflective of those times.

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