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14th ANNUAL BOOK FAIR – PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN; JUNE 2-4, 2016
FRAMPTON: How did you come to writing Fire on Montserrat?
DORSETTE: God has given me a wonderful writing gift. I decided to use that gift to write Fire on Montserrat because in 2015 the island of Montserrat celebrated 20 years of volcanic activity and I wanted to commemorate the occasion.
FRAMPTON: What are the overriding themes of the novel?
DORSETTE: Resilience, love and faith.
FRAMPTON: What are you trying to achieve with this novel?
DORSETTE: I am trying to achieve a sense of appreciation for returning nationals everywhere. Some sons and daughters of the soil return ‘home’ from a place where they were strangers, only to find that back home they are strangers too. But mainly, without imposing my faith on anyone, I am attempting to achieve a ‘Wow factor’ about the fact that no matter how terrible life’s situations are (and they can be daunting) with God, all things work together for good eventually.
FRAMPTON: We have known each other for a while, so which of the characters in Fire on Montserrat do you think I would love to have a drink with?
DORSETTE: Denzil ‘Pinney’ Ryan would be a splendid character for you to have a drink with. He is a hard but successful businessman, a fellow with a witty intelligence.
FRAMPTON: Where did your characters come from? Did you model them on people you know?
DORSETTE: Some of my characters were modeled on people I know. Some are from Montserrat and Dominica, while others are my ‘creations’.
FRAMPTON: So which character did you find the most difficulty bringing to life?
DORSETTE: Dr. Derek Ryan. I was not sure that I wanted to create him at all. Having created him, I was torn between making him cold and unforgiving, or sensitive and caring.
FRAMPTON: What were some of the challenges that you faced writing this book?
DORSETTE: First, not having a first-hand experience of the initial and eventual disastrous volcanic eruptions; second, not being familiar with the abandoned areas and third keeping island politics out.
FRAMPTON: What was your most surprising experience throughout the process of writing this book?
DORSETTE: The way the characters came alive. They seemed to take on a life of their own. It was incredible!
FRAMPTON: How did the story change from the first draft to the final manuscript?
DORSETTE: The story did not change from the first draft to final manuscript, because I only wrote that first draft/manuscript.
FRAMPTON: Really! That is quite unusual. What has been the habit or practice that has impacted most your voice as a fictional writer?
DORSETTE: I am well known as a writer – first as a Journalist and then as an author of four previous books, namely: ‘Youth Power’, ‘Aunty Kate’s Short Stories’, ‘The Worth of a Man’, and ‘Anthology of Weekly Writing Prompts’.
FRAMPTON: What were some of the internal struggles that you faced moving from journalistic writing to fictional writing?
DORSETTE: The liberties I took with the facts. The ‘Who’, ‘What’, ‘When’, ‘Where’, ‘Why’ and ‘How’ components were all there and could in some measure be substantiated since most were based on historical facts and some personal knowledge. However, while I thoroughly enjoyed the play on words, I could not help cringing inside because I was using journalistic skill to tell a gripping tale but from my perspective ALONE.
FRAMPTON: What was your timeframe for writing this book: did you write straight through or sporadically?
DORSETTE: I gave myself a year to get the Fire on Montserrat completed. In January 2015 I told Reporters that I was hoping to publish in December that year. However, by August 2015 I had not even written one sentence. I actually began writing Fire on Montserrat in late September. I wrote straight through and was done in early November. It was published the first week in December and I had it for sale on Amazon and in local bookstores on Montserrat a few days before Christmas 2015.
FRAMPTON: Wow! That must have taken quite a bit of discipline. Where can potential readers get more information about your work?
DORSETTE: From my website, which is:
FRAMPTON: What next can your readers expect from you, Helena?
DORSETTE: Many more books. Already I am putting together my Aunty Kate’s Mark and Mara Book Series, and I am seriously thinking of writing a suspense thriller. By God’s grace I plan to write at least one book a year.
Interview with Mr. Bernard Frampton, Journalist and Author
Book Launch Event Montserrat Public Library- 11 February 2016
Book Launch in Dominica- January 15 2015
Book Launch Montserrat- 10 Nov 2014
My very first book launch event. Do check out the pictures below of this fabulous event.