Gillian Royes

Gillian Royes is the creator of the Shad series, detective novels that take place on the North Coast of Jamaica. The first in the series, The Goat Woman of Largo Bay, appeared in 2011 and the second, The Man who Turned Both Cheeks, in 2012. Prior to that she authored two nonfiction works entitled Business is Good (1997) and Sexess: The New Gender Rules at Work (2003). A native of Jamaica, Gillian pursued her higher education in the United States, obtaining a doctorate from Emory University in 1979. She currently lives in Atlanta and on the island of St. Croix, where she lectures at the University of the Virgin Islands.

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The Goat Woman of Largo Bay

Gillian Royes blends suspense into the soul of the Caribbean Islands in the smart debut of her new detective series.

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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Leave no stone unturned.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, optimism, dependability.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Fruit. (Are nuts fruits?)

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Spiritual annihilation.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. My laser-beam focus.

Author Voices

April 29, 2013

The spectacularly beautiful island of Anguilla is the backdrop for one of the most exciting book festivals in the region. May 22 - 26 sees me there, along with Atria publisher Judith Curr, where we'll actually do some work and have fun at the same time. Counting down!

March 22, 2013

Two wonderful book events are coming up, and I hope you can join me:

The Anguilla Literary Festival on the gorgeous island of Anguilla, from May 23 to 26, and

A book reading in the Winnetka, Chicago bookstore The Book Stall, on June 10. This will be a luncheon reading for the Women Writers Series.

From the Caribbean to the Windy City -- although both will be warm by then (thank goodness). See you there!

February 28, 2013

I just came back from a book signing in Trinidad -- and a front-row seat on Carnival -- and made a decision. Maybe it was the soca music still whining in my head, or the whirl of dancing for numberless hours in the hot sun, but I decided to change the ending of my third book, still in manuscript form. It only took me a day to come to the conclusion and a few hours to make the change. But, phew! I feel relieved. Something had been tugging at me for months, that the ending wasn't convincing. And the Carnival blew regret out the window and I wrote my editor to say, "It's not right and I've ditched the ending! You never want to admit that before the editor... see more

January 30, 2013

Trinidad is one of my favorite countries, and Carnival in Trinidad is definitely one of the greatest shows on earth, full of spectacle and color and pure glamor!

What better time to hold a book launch, then, but a few days after Carnival when folks are wondering what to do next? That's why my Trinidadian launch will be held on Saturday, February 16, at The Reader's Bookshop in Port of Spain. It's going to be a wonderful way to reconnect with old friends, make new ones and tell them about the Shad Series of mysteries. Since this new book involves a Trinidadian protagonist, I'm looking forward to their reaction.

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