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I am a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI.

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I post on Monday and Thursday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

IWSG and a BIG Announcement!

The brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh, the purpose of the Insecure Writer's Support Group is: to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting is the first Wednesday of every month.

You can sign up HERE.

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119 years ago my grandmother, Erva Love Hartwell was born. Things happen for a reason.

At the end of last year I felt I had little to show for the last twelve months except a completed novel (which now needs to have some beta readers tear it apart) and a list of books I read. I kind of moaned about the fact that I hadn't gotten my Anansi stories published and that I didn't know when it would happen.

Well, things changed on the 30th on January, which is when I gave birth, unexpectedly and suddenly to
Yup, Anansi the Spider is now dangling out there in the World Wide Web. He's thrilled, as you can see from the smile on his face. He's also hoping you'll help spread the word.

It seems more than appropriate that I dedicate this announcement to my grandmother, a woman who encouraged all her grandchildren.


About Anansi and Company:

How do you escape a hungry tiger? Why do ram-goats smell? What happens if you get too greedy? In this collection of ten retold Jamaican stories, Anansi the spider tricks, sings, and dances his way into and out of trouble. 

But who is Anansi? It was the Ashanti of West Africa who brought the spider into the Caribbean. He clung tight to the web he wove in the minds of those who had been captured, surviving not only the harrowing passage across the Atlantic Ocean, but hundreds of years of slavery. 

As a trickster, Anansi has both good and bad traits, which makes him very human. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he loses. When he wins he dances and sings for joy. When he loses, he shakes it off and keeps on living, a lesson for all of us. 


He can be found at Amazon


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Talk about feeling insecure. I'm not doing a big fancy blog hop. But if you'd like to share the news, Anansi and I would be ever so grateful. Let me know in the comments or send me an email and we'll set up a date. 

33 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations Bish!!!! Already have it downloaded. And so sorry, I forgot to include it in my post today. Epic Ninja fail...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Yay, Bish! I am so happy for you.

farawayeyes said...

This looks amazing. I'll check it out directly.

cleemckenzie said...

You know you have my very best wishes on your launch, Bish. Good luck with this one.

Karen Walker said...

Oh, Bish how wonderful. And what a delightful cover. Best of luck with your "baby."

Laura Marcella said...

This is wonderful, Bish, congratulations!! I'm sure your grandmother is looking on proudly of what you've accomplished!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Barbara Watson said...

The idea of a spider dangling on the world side web. Love it! :-)

Linda King said...

Whoop! Best of luck with that! I love the cover!

Carol Kilgore said...

Congratulations! I shared on Facebook and am tweeting as soon as I post this comment.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats, Bish! Love your cover. So excited for you.

Vijaya said...

I am sure your grandmother is smiling with great pride, Bish! Hey, I'll be spreading the word later this week :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Hey, Bish,
I'll be happy to host you. No can do on the last week of January, but hit me up for a date.

Julie Dao said...

I bet your grandmother is so, so proud. Congratulations, Bish! I love the sound of your book and the cover is wonderful. I've downloaded my copy!

Lynda R Young said...

Congratulations, Bish!! That's so wonderful and I love the cover.

Leanne Ross said...

Wow! The book looks great.

I used to share Anasi stories with my 2nd grade students when we studied spiders. It's good to see that now there are more to share.

Congratulations!
Leanne ( http://readfaced.wordpress.com/ )

Lady Lilith said...

Nice book. It looks so colorful and child friendly. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Gallagher said...

Congrats again, Bish. The cover is even more beautiful than I thought.

Liza said...

Hooray (again!). Love reading good news like this.

Robyn Campbell said...

Congrads pal!!!!! I wanna rock and roll all night and PARTY EVERY DAY! WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!

I guess you know that song is not stuck in my head. :-)

I could not be more happier, my friend. We have to buy it even if we already read it. (Family consensus)

YaY Anansi!!! YaY Bish!!!!!!

*waves peace sign*

Robyn Campbell said...

...that song is NOW stuck in my head.

Where's my COPY EDITOR????!!!!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congratulations, Bish, on the official release. It's a great set of stories. Yes, everything happens for a reason.

DMS said...

We are so excited for you! Your book sounds awesome. We would love to help you out by helping to spread the word- so send us a message letting us know what we can do. A post about it? An interview with you? Lots of ideas! Also- this book seems to tie into the second book in our series. :) FUN!

Wishing you the best of luck.
~Jess and Stephanie
haightjess@gmail.com

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Welcome to the world Anansi - I thoroughly enjoyed reading about you and your friends, and hope 2014 is good to you and your author-mum! :):)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bish - that's wonderful to hear Anansi is with us, and celebrating your grandmother's birthday too ..

Congratulations - that's a great achievement ... and it sounds a fun read ..

I'm popping over the Anansi at Amazon to take a look .. cheers Hilary

Susan Kane said...

Great way to give birth, though no less painful and but way more lengthy than actual labor.

Congratulations!!

Andrea Mack said...

Congratulations, Bish! How very exciting! Heading over to Amazon...

Christina Farley said...

Huge congratulations Bish! I'm just thrilled for you!!! What a great story.

Morgan said...

Sooooo incredible, Bish. You're living the dream! So incredibly proud and excited! :)

Susanne Drazic said...

AWESOME cover! CONGRATS, Bish!

Rena Jones said...

Yay! It sounds and looks fantastic! I'm off to check out the link.

C R Ward said...

That's totally awesome! Congratulations Bish!

Damaria Senne said...

Hi Bish

I came by Anansi by way of JL Campbell and well, I have a keen interest in folktales. So I loaded your story on my Amazon carousel on two of my blogs, so people who visit may also see it and if they like, click through to Amazon to get more info or buy.

Anyhoo, good luck with the book.

Bish Denham said...

Thanks EVERYONE!