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By Roslyn Carrington
AARTI GOSINE RECENTLY RELEASED The Jaeden Ring,
the third book in her Magic Cave series, in which the twins,
Samantha and Alan, along with their friend Mark, embark
on further adventures in the magic cave. This time, they
discover that monsters from another realm have entered
through a portal in the cave and could possibly destroy
Earth. Together they join with other good creatures to
fight them. Aarti is also an amateur photographer.
With Christmas coming up, and shoppers looking for gifts
for the 7-10 set, we asked Aarti some questions.
Q. Did your writing just flow, or was it hard?
Just like the first two books, this one just flowed, because
the story had been in my head for such a long time, since
the first one was published in 2010. It was as though I was
actually living with the children and enjoying their adven-
tures with them.
Q. What was your inspiration?
Enid Blyton, a beloved writer from my childhood, and also
the realization that our children were not reading as much
as they should. I wanted to encourage them to read and
expand their imagination.
Q. Any plans for marketing for Christmas?
We'll be running a special promotion on the publisher's
website and I also hope to have the book available at some
of our local vendor's markets.
Q. Why are you writing for kids rather than adults?
In kids' fantasy, you can write about anything imaginable.
Adults tend to be more sceptical.
Q. How do you know what children want to read? Do
you spend much time with them?
When I wrote my first book, The Magic Cave, I was tutor-
ing children in creative writing, and it was then that I re-
alised that they weren't reading as much as they should.
Most just read what their teachers assigned, and there
was no reading for leisure. I could tell the difference in the
standard of creative writing between the children who
were interested in reading and those who weren't. Now I
do many book readings at primary schools and libraries.
Q. How has the feedback been?
Encouraging. Many children, after reading one book, imme-
diately ask if there is another one in the series, or when is
the other one coming out.
Q. Why did you self-publish?
I decided to self-publish because
in Trinidad there aren't many tra-
ditional publishing houses for fic-
tion. Our family company, JAV
Publishing House, was formed
with the intention of publishing
works of fiction as well as text-
books, and so we decided that
publishing The Magic Cave was a good place to start. The
challenges of self-publishing is that you have to do the
marketing and sales of the book yourself. You don't have a
large budget to work with, so you have to be very creative
in how you advertise your book, and you must have a lot of
time to spend publicizing your work. It is important to keep
up with trends in the industry internationally, such as de-
veloping a presence on many of the social media plat-
forms. The advantage of being self-published is that
whatever profits you make belong to you, instead of just
receiving a royalty from the publishing house.
Q. What can you say to the many local writers who
want to self-publish?
Don't expect to get rich quick. Write and publish your book
because of love. In T&T it's difficult financially to be a full-
time writer. You also need to have a lot of patience and
perseverance. If you believe in your book, keep working at
it; keep writing. There are many international competitions
that you can enter to publicize your creativity. The Bocas
Lit Festival has also done a lot to assist local writers. Web-
sites such as Amazon.com and Smashwords.com allow
you to self-publish for free, so look into these platforms.
Q. Are you writing another in the series or are you plan-
ning on doing anything else?
I am planning another one in the series, and I also have
ideas for other children's books along the same fantasy
and adventure genre.
Q. Tell us about your photography. Where can people
see your pix?
Photography is my way to relieve stress and relax. I enjoy
nature and wildlife photography, but I also do some por-
traiture and event photography. My
photos can be viewed on Facebook
at Aarti Gosine Photography and
also on the photography site 500px
Q. Anything else you want to add?
I would like to encourage parents to
read to their children from an early
age and to help them develop
healthy reading habits. Many studies
have shown that children who read
for leisure tend to do better academ-
ically and become more well-
rounded teenagers and adults.
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