Welcome to Dried Ink, the world of Connected Fiction. The books on this site do more than entertain. They were also created to engender discussion between teenagers of all ages and the significant adults or elders in their lives – parents, guardians, carers, and teachers. They are constructed to explore one or more of the following fractured bonds in the Diaspora especially: Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Mother/Daughter, Father/Son, Sisters/Brothers. These archetypes must be taken in their broadest context when reading a Connected Fiction novel. This therefore means that Father/Son may encompass any male elder or adult interacting with a younger male individual. One may now appreciate the other archetypal relationships along similar lines. With this in mind, they should assist to bridge the disconnect between these two groups through the discussion of topical issues with the help of fiction. The characters are warmly familiar, the words magically evocative. Each story becomes your story, a vehicle through which to connect intergenerationally. Dried Ink’s novels therefore appeal to both the young and the not-so-young.
Although the themes will appeal most readily to readers from the Caribbean and the diaspora at large, the themes are such that their universality will appeal to a much wider audience. They are meant to provoke heartfelt tête-à-têtes and lively debate in the breakfast nook, around the dinner table, on trains and buses, and on long walks…
The novels are written by physician-writer Iva C. Blackman, who began to write fiction in 2007. Her former role was that of a consultant/attending physician and geriatrician. Her career in medicine began in 1989. The rubber stamp motif on her website is a tribute to the use of a giant rubber stamp (needing its own bag), which she lugged constantly throughout her career in many hospitals throughout the UK.
IC Blackman has lived in Trinidad, Jamaica, Nigeria, the USA and the UK, where she now resides.
Her cartoons – Afrofish, Moxie! and Friends, and Mosely P. Oglethorpe – Day ‘N’ Night – feature in Gigatoons and are an extra treat for Dried Ink’s visitors. The cartoons/comic strips are lightly satirical and some are an extension of the themes explored in her novels. Gigatoons’ other main emphasis is health.
It’s all about spilling the ink and creating magic. It’s all about an intrepid journey with some books, a blog, and yes, Gigatoons.
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