Jennylynd James is a Renaissance woman – an artist, writer, and soprano with a long work history as a food scientist. Jennylynd’s experiences with love, family and travel have inspired publication of a series of memoirs. Experience the world in Jennylynd James’ provocative travel memoirs. Eat your way around Latin America; see Ireland through a new immigrant’s eyes; learn the ropes of settling in Toronto, Canada; party at the Trinidad & Tobago Carnival; and check out a California newcomer’s tales in Red Car Long Legs.
Additionally, Jennylynd has published several inspirational booklets and art books containing collections of her art work. Order paperback books and e-books from Amazon Canada, US and UK at Buy Now
Passion and hot pursuit are here in the new publication, Mrs. Somebody!
Mrs. Somebody: What she did for that ring
Jasmine leaves home for university and wonders how many boys she would sleep with before finding a husband. Joining four other girls, the quest to become Mrs. Somebody continues as they graduate, moving to jobs in the big city. Trials of internet courtship, speed dating, match makers and chance encounters bring our heroines into the messy world of romance. Stories of passion and pursuit reveal the great lengths some women would go to get that ring and beat the biological clock. Is the search more exciting than marriage?
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Is That My Granny?
‘Is that My Granny?’ explores the phases in a grandmother’s journey with Alzheimer’s as observed through the eyes of a young boy. He must come to terms with the changes in his grandmother’s body and character, and accept her eventual death. This is the first children’s book written and illustrated by Jennylynd James. Is that My Granny? has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Portuguese. View the Book Reading
Where Are My Car Keys?
A Mother’s Journey with Alzheimer’s Disease
Weaving anecdotes of humorous incidents, travel and grief, the reader is taken on a tumultuous journey to witness the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease on the human mind and the impact on those who provide care for the victim. It is a deeply personal story of a family’s struggle to come to terms with the devastating effect of this disease as it reduces a previously vibrant and creative individual to a fraction of her self. As researchers struggle against time to find a cure, the reader is left asking the question ‘…could that be me?’ Only time will tell. View the Book Reading
A Trini Expat Comes Home
Dérivé (pronounced Dreevay) is French for drift, go off course, or gallivant. At nineteen, Jennylynd James drifted for the first time from her home in Trinidad and Tobago to attend university abroad. It was the start of a lifelong passion for travel and adventure. This expatriate’s quest to find balance between the need for adventure and the desire to return home is described in a witty collection of stories of nostalgia and mad risk-taking. With a mix of humour and colloquial sayings of Trinidad and Tobago, the reader is drawn into the lifestyle and culture of this Caribbean melting pot.
Listed on TheUpperEch.com among the 10 Black Canadian Novels You Should Read, 2016! View the Book Reading
Red Car Long Legs
Adventures in California and Beyond
Jennylynd James is a writer, an artist and a singer, and to add balance to this triple threat, she is also a food scientist. Red Car Long Legs is a memoir of her life as a newcomer to California in the early 2000’s. This tell-all story of her trying to fit into the California mould with the right house, right clothes and right friends, parallels the American dream. While appearing to have everything, including a high profile career with exciting exotic travel, she feels driven to find Mr. Right. Details of California dating and exploring the wilds of Latin America abound in this story of exploration and self actualization. View the Book Reading
Escape From Ireland
A Memoir of Love and Adventure in Ireland
This insightful memoir gives readers a chance to peer inside the life of an ambitious woman who leaves a comfortable life in Southern California for adventure and opportunity in Ireland. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Escape From Ireland chronicles everything from Irish speed dating to maniacal bosses and even a disastrous home renovation. The story takes place during the crash of the Irish economy and proves that with both perseverance and optimism, great achievements can be made in the face of many challenges.
Escape from Ireland was long listed in the Non-Fiction Category of the Wheatley Book Awards, Harlem Book Fair 2015. View the Book Reading
Goodbye Frying Pan Hello Fire
A Memoir of Wit and Determination
When the Irish economy crashes, a single mother and her daughter relocate to Toronto, Canada. With the unfamiliarity of a new land and no friends or family nearby, this drastic move was not without its challenges. Goodbye Frying Pan Hello Fire is a tale of survival meant to inspire others dealing with the struggles of a new environment and the feelings of isolation and despair that may come along with it. Through the highs and low, triumphs and failures, this memoir proves that determination can conquer overwhelming tribulations.
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More About the Author
Jennylynd was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in a musical family, with her love for music and the arts being nurtured from a young age. Throughout her life, Jennylynd was trained in Classical music traditions as a singer and pianist, participating in national music competitions and talent shows. However, her academic path in tertiary education led her to studies in food science at McGill University, Canada, earning a Ph.D. Jennylynd worked in the food industry in the US, Europe, Latin America, and Canada for many years.
In 2009, Jennylynd discovered a hidden talent for art while living and working as a food industry entrepreneur in Ireland. Using an amateur art class to recover from a traumatic loss, she was introduced to oil painting, portraiture, and sketching. Jennylynd is self-taught and continues to develop her love for painting since moving to Toronto, Canada in 2011. When Jennylynd is not painting, she spends time writing travel memoirs and singing as a soprano with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. She lives in Bloor West Village, Toronto, Canada where she embraces art as a way of life.
My Book of Floral Inspirations
Brimming with tranquil paintings and inspiring words, this booklet will guide readers down a path of positivity and self-actualization.Buy Now
Inspirations for the Soul
A booklet of daily reflection, Inspirations for the Soul is meant to encourage positive thinking and beautiful artwork.Buy Now
Musical Inspirations Hardcover – September 6, 2020
Jennylynd’s recent paintings focus on a passion for stage performance and capturing the joy of making music.Buy Now
Town and Country
Depicting life in both the city of Toronto as well as the Canadian countryside.Buy Now
Essence of the Caribbean
Capturing imagery of the sun, sea and spirit of the Caribbean.Buy Now
Trinidad and Tobago
Colourful depictions of Carnival, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most exciting cultural events.Buy Now
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