We are happy to share this month’s interview with you of another inspiring fellow Jamaican! Her name is Deniese Dennis, an uprising children book’s author living in neighboring France. Here’s a little of her story:
What is the story behind you coming to France/Switzerland?
My husband Bo is Dutch. We got tired of doing the long-distance relationship, so when he moved here for work we decided to move the family here as well.
What does writing children books mean to you?
Writing has always been an important part of my life and self-expression. I remember how important reading was to me as a child. It opened up the world to me and created new possibilities. It is my hope to be able to inspire children as well. For me it is a way of capturing and preserving memories and moments whether they be real or imagined.
Where does your inspiration for your stories come from?
My inspiration comes from different places. Some of it from my own childhood and some of it from my interaction with children. I want to use my writing to capture what it means to grow up in rural Jamaica, the beauty, innocence and challenges of that experience.
If you were to send a message to the children in Jamaica, about their dreams and hopes for the future, what would you tell them?
There will be times when no one else might believe in your dream, but do not allow that to stop you. In those moments be your biggest fan, don’t be afraid to encourage yourself, never give up on yourself, even if you mess up or make mistakes keep believing in you and in your dreams. If you can believe then your actions will reinforce what is inside of you and you will find ways to get there.
I believe that God created each of us with a specific purpose, he has given us the unique talents we need to create that destiny. Dream big, God is a big God and his plans for you are bigger than you can imagine. Pray always and commit your dreams and desires to him, he will show you the way forward and when he does, don’t let fear stop you from doing it and taking a chance because your path might be different from others and that is ok.
What about Jamaica do you miss the most?
Where do I start. I miss a lot of things about Jamaica.
My family I think I miss the most. It is hard not being able to see my mom whenever I want. I also miss the food, my mother’s cooking, the flavour and the spices that makes our food unique.
I miss the tropical climate. My best memories of home include the endless hours we spent as kids at the river.
What about your new life here do you appreciate the most?
I think being with my husband has been the best part of being here. The fact that we have finally been able to live together and get pregnant has been a big blessing.
I also love how multicultural and diverse the population here is. Our friends are from various nationalities and that keeps things interesting.
When can we expect your next book?
I am hoping to have my next book completed by the end of 2018. However, I am not too set on a deadline as I am pregnant and also want to focus on my baby and family.
2 kg oxtail cut is small pieces’
4 tablespoons of cooking
3 tablespoons DUNN’S RIVER Caribbean Everyday Seasoning
3 tablespoons DUNN’S RIVER All Purpose Seasoning
3 chopped onion,
3 diced tomatoes,
3 chopped carrots
3 teaspoon of black pepper,
3 tablespoon of chopped garlic,
1 tablespoon of pimento seed,
1 scotch bonnet,
2 teaspoon browning,
1 bunch of fresh thyme,
1/2 chopped green sweet pepper,
½ chopped red sweet pepper.
1.Seasoning oxtail with all DUNN’S RIVER SEASONINGS and black pepper.(Set aside)
2.In a sauce pan ,heat oil on a medium heat.
3.Place pieces of oxtail into the oil and fry until brown on both side.
4. Remove from pan.
5. Add 2 onion ,garlic,thyme stir for about a minute.
6. Add the scotch bonnet pepper ,tomatoes,pimento and stir for a minute.
7. Add about 10 cups of water bring to a boil about 3 hour .
Occasionally stirring the sauce pan.
8. About 30 min before finish control the texter of the meat then add
Remaining onion ,sweet pepper and browning .Let simmer to thick sauce.
SERVE WITH WHITE RICE OR RICE AND PEAS.