Saturday, August 27, 2011

About the story: Island Princess in Brooklyn

Here is the blurb for Island Princess in Brooklyn to give you an idea of the story.

How to fit in? Hard enough when you are thirteen and in your natural environment, but very much worse when you migrate to a new life with a mother you barely know. Princess arrives from Jamaica to live with her mother in Brooklyn, New York, and the first shock is a stepfather she didn’t know about. How will she ever get accustomed to the many unexpected (and sometimes really weird) experiences in this place far away from her beloved Granny?

Her life is now full of anxiety and surprising twists and turns; but eventually she must decide where friendship, forgiveness and love fit in – or be forced to return to Jamaica.

Diane Browne –teacher, publisher and editor – is an experienced, well known, award-winning author of children’s stories. She was awarded the 2004 Bronze Musgrave Medal for Children’s Literature by the Institute of Jamaica. She is also the author of Every Little Thing Will Be All Right, another of the books in Carlong’s Sand Pebble Pleasure Series.


  1. I liked the book, however what was the reason to add Mr.Ramjohn as a character?

  2. Mr. Ramjohn was there because there had to be somebody who was an American citizen to have 'sponsored' Princess' mother, and eventually, Princess herself, in the time since her mother had left Jamaica. I did a lot of research on this. However, he developed as a character far beyond what I had planned for him. He becomes someone important in Princess' life. This happens sometimes when you are writing. Characters seem to take on a life of their own. This can be a very exciting part of the writing process when it happens.