BASSETERRE St. Kitts, August 6th, 2014 -- On Saturday August 2nd, 2014, Kittitian-born scientist, author and educator, Jewel Anethyst Daniel released her most recent work. The children’s novel, “ZAPPED – Danger in the Cell” was coauthored with Jewel’s eldest child, Lynelle A. Martin, a middle school student.
Asked about the inspiration for the book, Jewel said: “Well, she [Lynelle] didn’t like to read so Dale, my sister, suggested that I get her involved in writing in order for her to enjoy reading so we started it as a summer project three years ago. It evolved to this and now she is gobbling up books all the time.”
When the younger co-author was asked about her experience with the project, she said: “It was good. There were tough times and sometimes it was really good”. Asked what advice she had for the youth, she said: “Do good things. Reading is good for you”.
Writing this one was an easy proposition for Jewel who has authored three books, under the penname Jewel Amethyst. Her first, published in 2009, was entitled “A marriage of convenience”. That same year, she published “From SKB with Love”, which forms part of an anthology of Christmas stories entitled “Holiday Brides”. The genre of these two is romance. However, in 2010, she published “Indiscretion (Pretty Little Lies)” which exists as an Amazon Kindle e-book, and is geared towards the young adult population. Then came, “Zapped – Danger in the Cell” for the benefit of the younger reader.
The launch took place at the White Plains, New York home of Jewel’s sister, Denise Daniel-Mack, where person after person walked up to the table to purchase their copies, and have them signed. However, being a child of only 11 years, Lynelle had to be called away from participating in the various games and fun activities that the children in attendance were engaging in, in order to add her autograph to a book.
In the acknowledgements, the authors gave due credit to, among others, noted Kittitian author of children’s books, Mrs. Carol Ottley-Mitchell who “…spent many hours editing, formatting, and making sure that the book was in top shape for publishing…”
It is not surprising that Jewel’s training would have led her in this direction where the book is concerned, given that she is a scientist and educator by profession. The book describes her as a “…cell biologist…” and this journalist knows that prior to embarking on the adjunct professorship she is currently engaged in at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland, she was a research fellow at one of America’s premier institutions, John’s Hopkins University, having earned a doctor’s degree in that field.
A condensation of the book reads: “When a mysterious machine shrinks Sonya, Lynelle and Giselle to microscopic proportions they become so small that they slip through the walls of a cell. The three girls find themselves in a roller coaster of an adventure that has them running for their lives. Will they ever escape the Danger in the Cell?”
Currently residing in the state of Maryland, USA, Jewel is the penultimate child of the late Lloyd Wilkes-Daniel and his widow Lucina Wilkes-Daniel, and is married to Francis “Frankie” Martin of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Her other children are six-year-old Giselle, and Justin who is four. She is the younger sister of the late Ira “Rockers” Wilkes- Daniel and the older sister of the late Dale Wilkes-Daniel. Her other siblings are Deslyn “Sister” Wilkes-Daniel, Sherill Wilkes-Daniel, Sharon Kelly, Lloyd Wilkes-Daniel Jr. and Denise Daniel-Mack.
The sad bit is that Dale, upon whose suggestion this project came about, departed this life on May 1st, 2014. She would have been justly proud. The book is dedicated to her blessed memory.
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