Martha Blanchard Launches Plum Tree
Thursday evening saw the launch of ‘The Plum Tree’ by Martha A. Blanchard, at The Cultural Development Foundation Conference Room. The Plum Tree is about two friends Pella and Stacia who have big plans for a summer of fun on Helen island. When tragedy strikes for Pella’s family her life changes, as do her chances for excelling at the Common Entrance Exam and getting into a top Secondary School.
Determined not to be separated, the friends must work together to beat the odds and rise to the top of their class.
The author, a Saint Lucian born in La Clery, Castries grew up in Hospital Road and attended Ave Maria Primary School, Saint Joseph’s Convent and graduated from the Girl’s Vocational School.
She later migrated to the U.S.A where she continued her education obtaining a Certificate in Banking and began to work towards a first degree in Political Science.
In 1986 she continued her studies at the University of the West Indies, Barbados Campus and in 1988 returned to the US gaining certification at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 1994 she completed her first degree at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts Degree Magna cum Laude in the field of Political Science and Government. She continued to pursue her writing having had her first published piece ‘The Courage to Create’ in The Star Newspaper in 1985. In 1994 she also published with the Star, Voice and Mirror newspapers. Another piece of work titled ‘Christella Long’, a children’s short story, was recently published in the Caribbean Writer Magazine.
In 2010 Blanchard won a scholarship to attend a Workshop for Children’s Writers with the Highlights Foundation, in Chautauqua, Pennsylvania.
Her tutor at the workshop, Ms. Christine Taylor Butler, an established African American children’s author, read two of her works, ‘The Plum Tree’ and ‘Finding Amazona’. She received immediate response from her tutor informing her that ‘The Plum Tree’ was the work which she should seek to publish.
The Plum Tree is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon online and also Kindle. The author will be signing her book at A. F. Valmont in Rodney Bay on Saturday December 12th, 2015.