Gillian Royes

Gillian Royes is the creator of the Shad series, detective novels that take place on the North Coast of Jamaica. The first in the series, The Goat Woman of Largo Bay, appeared in 2011; the second, The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks, in 2012; and most recently, The Sea Grape Tree, in 2014. Prior to that she authored two nonfiction works entitled Business Is Good (1997) and Sexcess: The New Gender Rules at Work (2003). A native of Jamaica, Gillian pursued her higher education in the United States, obtaining a doctorate from Emory University in 1979. She currently lives in Atlanta and on the island of St. Croix, where she lectures at the University of the Virgin Islands. Find out more at

Books by this Author

The Rhythm of the August Rain
The Sea Grape Tree
The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks
The Goat Woman of Largo Bay


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Leave no stone unturned.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Elizabeth I. We're born on the same day. She was a feisty, multi-talented woman who let nothing stand in her way.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. It means following my deepest intuitive feelings.  That means doing work that feels like fun, being around people who are authentic and optimistic, saying 'no' to anything that takes me off my path, and saying 'yes' to everything else.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. An African tulip flower. They grow on the top of the tree, are brilliant orange-red, last a long time -- and only survive in warm climates.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Architecture.

Author Voices

May 22, 2014

June 5-7 marks the 10th St. Martin Book Fair, and I've been invited to participate. I'm looking forward to it for a couple of reasons. First, I will be able to contribute to this worthy event, and, second, my daughter will be joining me. Third, this is my mother's birth place, and it's going to be fun for us to take a look at the "home country."
St. Martin, here we come!

April 29, 2013

The spectacularly beautiful island of Anguilla is the backdrop for one of the most exciting book festivals in the region. May 22 - 26 sees me there, along with Atria publisher Judith Curr, where we'll actually do some work and have fun at the same time. Counting down!

March 22, 2013

Two wonderful book events are coming up, and I hope you can join me:

The Anguilla Literary Festival on the gorgeous island of Anguilla, from May 23 to 26, and

A book reading in the Winnetka, Chicago bookstore The Book Stall, on June 10. This will be a luncheon reading for the Women Writers Series.

From the Caribbean to the Windy City -- although both will be warm by then (thank goodness). See you there!

February 28, 2013

I just came back from a book signing in Trinidad -- and a front-row seat on Carnival -- and made a decision. Maybe it was the soca music still whining in my head, or the whirl of dancing for numberless hours in the hot sun, but I decided to change the ending of my third book, still in manuscript form. It only took me a day to come to the conclusion and a few hours to make the change. But, phew! I feel relieved. Something had been tugging at me for months, that the ending wasn't convincing. And the Carnival blew regret out the window and I wrote my editor to say, "It's not right and I've ditched the ending! You never want to admit that before the editor... see more