Although I’ve been using the Internet for ages, I’m still amazed that I can visit people in the furthest reaches of the world with one click. Better than that, there are exotic locations, such as Mexico, which I might never visit, but I can certainly get an eyeful from my desk.
When I visit Clarissa’s blog, I don’t always remember where she is based, but when I think about Mexico, I picture white-sand beaches, palm trees, luxurious resorts and exotic people.
Some of these same pictures come to mind when people think of Jamaica. Of course, many tourists only get to see one side of island, which is the all-inclusive hotel properties and the standard fare they’re treated to on tour package outing. There’s nothing wrong with that, as people are at liberty to spend their money how they choose, and truthfully, nobody visits an ‘exotic location’ to see the local people going about their daily lives.
In Distraction, the major focus isn’t the not-so-nice side of Jamaica, but of course, that has to do with the story I’ve told. I do refer to economy and the women talk about the prevailing conditions that affect them.
The backdrop against which the story happens forms part of the characterization of the novel. I treat Jamaica as an individual in an attempt to allow the reader to view the island as the locals see it. If you haven’t ever visited Jamaica, I hope the culture, the people and sun shine brightly enough for you to get a taste of what you’re missing.
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Many thanks to Clarissa for hosting me and in keeping with the theme of the blog tour, I’ve gotta say she’s been a first-rate blogging buddy and a champion of my stories.
J.L. Campbell is a proud Jamaican and the author of Contraband, Distraction, Dissolution, Don’t Get Mad…Get Even, Giving up the Dream and Hardware (pen name Jayda McTyson). Campbell is always on the lookout for story making material, loves company and can usually be found lollygagging on her blog at http://thecharacterdepot. blogspot.com Link with her on Facebook or through her Twitter handle @JL_Campbell.