Thanks for stopping in. Today, I’m happy to be hosting Bish Denham, who has a new book out. It’s about a wily character who’s well-known to some of us in the islands. Before I lose track and start telling you his business I’ll let Bish talk…
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 us all.
About the Author
|Author - Bish Denham|
Bish Denham, whose mother's side of the family has been in the Caribbean for over hundred years, was raised in the U. S. Virgin Islands. She still has lots of family living there and visits them regularly.
She says, "Growing up in the islands was like living inside a history book. Columbus named them, Sir Francis Drake sailed through the area, and Alexander Hamilton was raised on St. Croix. Pirates plied the waters and hundred of years of slavery left its indelible mark. It was within this atmosphere of magic and wonder that I grew up. My hope is pass some of that magic and wonder on to my readers."
You can learn more about Bish by visiting her blog:
Random Thoughts: http://bish-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
She can also be found on
Thanks to one of my dear blogging buddies, I’m also taking part in Stina Lindenblatt’s Tell Me When Blog Hop. Stina wrote an excellent post on stalking prevention. You should go read it and take part in the hop as it runs to January 17.
Her book, Tell Me When, features a college freshman who deals with the fallout from being stalked and kidnapped in her high school senior year. Linda will be donating to the women’s shelter in her city according to the number of persons taking part in the hop, so go check it out.
When I read the details about Linda’s hop, it brought back to mind a time in my life when I had a telephone stalker. I think it was related to my job and an employee who I supervised and had to let go. I went through a period when my cell phones (I use two networks) had no rest from this caller who’d ring me and not say anything, day and night—and I mean the middle of the night. My responsibilities had to do with the management of a property and so my phone always had to be on, just in case.
On my birthday in 2010, I had over 100 calls on each phone. At that point, I got the police involved. They were most helpful and brought a CD to my office with a record of all my calls—in and out. At the time, I didn’t even know that stuff could be done.
There was one number I recognized, however I wasn’t sure who it belonged to. Eventually, the calls stopped but nobody was charged. I never felt seriously threatened, but at the same time, I knew it wasn’t a healthy way for whoever-it-was to spend their time. I was shocked when a policeman told me that telephone stalking is quite common.
Co-incidentally, in my latest book, Chasing Anya, the main character has a stalker. Anya’s experiences escalate to violence and when I think about how her story unfolds, I realize how easy it is for a stalker to catch us unawares. It’s also true that when our lives are invaded we lose our sense of security and feel violated. I’ve included an excerpt below and hope that you will take the time to visit Stina’s blog and the bloggers participating in the hop. Thanks for reading.