Jamaican writer Tilsa Wright, author of “Starboy Cricket Wicket He Knows How To Stick It,” is the subject of this week’s #CaFAQandA.
This is a description of the three-part book series, by blogger Roxxi Chung: “Star Boy” is one heck of page turner as Jamaican author Tilsa C. Wright stirs up controversy with her erotically filled and edgy novel. The three part series starts off as a “Jamaican teenage love affair”, as the main character Tania Watson (Lane) takes us on a roller coaster ride of love, passion, and a whole lot of drama along the way. As a Jamaican/ cricket love affair theme, “Star Boy” delivers a highly sensual and provocative experience between teenage lovers Tania Watson and her lover, her own “star boy” Brian Lane which later developed a stronger bond into adulthood. But their relationship wasn’t all smooth sailing; as Tilsa highlighted the ups & downs of being “in love” and how sex, lies and infidelity can ruin relationships & also puts her own spin on trust, friendships, forgiveness & true love. “Cricket Wicket He Knows How to Stick It” has the Jamaican and West Indian community at large wondering who is this “Star Boy” cricketer Brian Lane? Is he a portrayal of a real Cricketer…mmhhm? And is his ________ really that GREAT in the bedroom? We may never know but Tania has some of us craving for a “Star Boy” for sure! You can read more of her review here.
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With the success of the book series, Tilsa has now produced a part of one of the books, into an animated short, with the help of Jamaican animator, Stephen Williamson. We spoke with Tilsa about her writing and her foray into filmmaking.
CineCaribés: How did you come up with the name for the story?
TW: Well I had to call my girlfriend and ask if I should keep this answer real honest or commercially intriguing. So here are both. Keeping it real, I had a friend who was a star from birth. He and I were friends for a few years, and it took some difficult bumps to realize how genuine of a human being he was to me. A Star stands out significantly, in his case not necessarily because of fame and fortune but more because he was comfortable in his skin. He tried teaching me a lot about life – I never valued his teachings until many moons later. Now for the commercially correct answer – most Caribbean women who simply love themselves a Star Boy, will connect with the title (Chuckles).
CineCaribés: Why did you write this series of stories?
TW: After going through an extremely low point in my life late 2011/the first quarter of 2012, I found myself yearning to write my second book. A female group discussion about men and what keeps them faithful etc, got me thinking and weeks later, writing. Using a reflective mirror on my life, I borrowed a few concepts and the majority was fiction.
CineCaribés: Do you consider yourself to be a creative? If so, a writer or is your creativity somewhere else?
TW: To some degree, yes and a work in progress. Creativity has pitfalls and high points, I’ve come to realize as I grow slowly into my calling, which is storytelling.
CineCaribés: Did you writing come to you or did you come to it?
TW: Great question. Writing was always there, I just never saw it. I was blinded or preoccupied with factors that were not truly me. Being young, stubborn and misguided, I had to learn the hardest way. So once I recognized my free flow writing, my passion grew as we both walked into each other becoming one.
CineCaribés: What do you hope viewers take away from the film/stories?
TW: A real life connection where love, partnership or marriage are concerned. Most importantly, to be entertained.
CineCaribés: What is next for you?
TW: A number of projects in the pipeline, follow me on social media for updates. Look for “Tilsa Wright” on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Jamaican born now living in Brooklyn New York, Tilsa Cecile Wright has truly come into her own. Stepping away from challenges and uncertainties, Wright has positioned herself among who she loves and boldly represents the ‘Grass Roots.’ A phrase she uses affectionately as she relates to the sea of talented individuals waiting and working hard for that ‘Big Break.’
With an incomplete College background, Wright has established herself as a self-published author and the publisher of Sym-Magazine, an online platform. Sym, short for “Symbolic,” features up and coming talent as well as celebrities. “I created this platform as a mean to be similar to American Idol but in a print version.”
Her vision is slowly growing and reaching Sym’s target audience. For starters, Sym has featured young talented undiscovered Harlem actor Ohene Cornelius, and media mogul Russell Simmons’s oldest brother, painter, community activist and author Danny Simmons. Danny just happens to be a staple in Brooklyn and a voice that sounds and truly supports the arts. Sym’s last printed edition back in November/December 2012 cover featured Jamaica’s rising star and household brand Christopher Martin.
Now let’s move a step further to Wright’s second passion or appetite for continued success, her self-published books. “Related Affairs” and “Star Boy Book Series;” of the two books, Star Boy is presently a huge success. A featured product placement in a British-Jamaican webseries titled ‘Dear Jesus’ Season 2, Star Boy explores relationship drama and family values. Wright’s books are available on Amazon and Kindle.
What’s next for Star Boy? Well, St. Lucian born screenplay writer and producer Demedrius Charles is presently writing its adaptation.
Wright is very respectful and most importantly grateful for those individuals who have helped her on this symbolic journey.