Yvonne Blackwood

Member Since: 03/2023


Yvonne Blackwood is the author of four adult non-fiction books, Into Africa: A Personal JourneyWill That Be Cash or Cuffs? Into Africa: the Return, and College Life of a Retired Senior: A Memoir of Perseverance, Faith, and Finding the Way. She has also published three children’s picture books: Nosey Charlie Comes to TownNosey Charlie Goes to Court, and Nosey Charlie Chokes on a Wiener. An award-winning short-story writer, Blackwood has contributed stories to several anthologies, including Human KindnessCanadian Voices, and Wordscape. She has published articles in magazines including More of Our CanadaAdelaideInTouch, and Green Prints and has written columns for the Toronto Star, Pride Newspaper, and The African Connection.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.

I have published four adult non-fiction books and three children’s picture books. I’m an award-winning short-story writer, and have contributed stories to several anthologies, including Human Kindness and Canadian Voices. I’ve also published articles in magazines including More of Our Canada, Adelaide, and Green Prints. I worked in the banking industry for thirty-seven years before I retired. I love to travel and have done so extensively. I love live theatre. I collect Oscar-winning best pictures but stopped a few years ago when my movie cabinet was bursting at the seams!

When and why did you start writing books?

I started writing books in 1998. It was not planned. I had gone on my first journey to Africa and on my return, shared the amazing experience I had with friends. They encouraged me to share the story with the world. "Write a book," the said.

What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?

I published my first two books while working full-time as a banker. I enjoy the creativity very much, I continue to write.

Which one of your books or characters is your favourite?

Into Africa: A Personal Journey is still my favourite. Readers love it.

Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?

Into Africa: A Personal journey was the hardest to write because it was my first attempt at writing a book. I not only had to learn the rudiments of writing a memoir, I had to learn how the publishing industry worked.

Who is your favourite author and book?

Maya Angelou remains my favourite author and the kook is The Heart of a woman. I do love thrillers and John Grisham is my favourite author in that genre.

What book are you reading right now?

I'm reading The Exchange

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Inspiration is an unpredictive thing. It can come from anywhere at any time. I always keep a notebook handy for those moments.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I read, write and watch movies.

Do you have any new books in the works?

I'm so glad you ask this question! I have just signed up with a publisher to publish my first novel, The Ambition. It is a thriller. I believe John Grisham's fans will love it, so stay tuned.