In the News

Nature Island Literary Festival 2015

Kristine at NILF

The Dominica Lit Fest went off more or less as scheduled, albeit lightly attended due to the fact that the Bishop of Roseau launched his new book on the same night as the opening ceremony. In any event, I was proud to be a featured presenter, and have a chance to promote my debut novel, “A Face in the River,” locally. Everything had gone well so far — the book was written, edited, and designed right here in Dominica. I had even established my own imprint with CARICOM, River Ridge Press, so that it could be printed on the island. What I never expected was that the printer, who had promised to deliver 200 copies in time for the event, would only cough up 18 at the last minute. How embarrassing! Not only did I lose money, but I lost integrity with my potential readership. Imagine: I paid a ½ deposit on June 6th, and as of today, almost 4 months later, no one has been able to to tell me what happened to the rest of my books! Anyway, I don’t intend to give up. Maybe I’ll hire a lawyer, or, if I can get the covers in my hands, I’ll have them “stuffed” elsewhere. As they say, ‘live and learn’, but what an expensive and disheartening lesson. Meanwhile: Onward! “A Face in the River” is currently available from Amazon as an e-book and in paperback, and my second novel, “River of Fire,” is waiting in the cue for a chance to entertain my slightly diminished fan club. Do I look disappointed?


22 January 2015

New Ebook cover for A Face in the River
A Face in the River

River Ridge Press
Tel: 767-449-2669 E-mail:

Insightful romance/adventure novel launched by Dominican author

“A Face in the River” is the debut novel by Kristine Simelda, an American-born writer who has lived in Dominica for the past 20 years. The book’s heroine is a twice divorced, middle-aged businesswoman, Krystal Sutherland, who is bored with her conventional US job and lifestyle. When she takes a holiday to a wild and beautiful Caribbean island, she falls in love; first with the place, and then with a man. But despite her best intentions, the dark side of paradise casts its shadow on her dream romance as she struggles to find her role in an unfamiliar culture.

Simelda admits that some readers may recognize Dominica in her story, but says that the novel could be set anywhere where cross-cultural confusion exists. “I wanted to address the high price of enchantment; the danger of going out on a limb in search of romance and adventure, and the difficult lessons learned while dangling there.”

The author has initially decided to try her luck in publishing an e-book, but a paperback version will soon follow. “A Face in the River is a tale of tenacity, bravery, and foolishness set against a backdrop of spectacular beauty,” she says. “I am pleased with the feedback I have gotten so far: Those who have read the book have called it a rollicking good story that keeps them engaged from start to finish with never a dull moment in between.”

This is Simelda’s first published full-length work, but her stories have already appeared in online journals. In 2014, one of her pieces of short fiction, “Brother”, was published in “Jewels of the Caribbean”, an anthology of 15 stories by writers from around the region which also included Dominican Delroy Williams. “I was proud to have my story selected for this collection,” she says, “especially as it was cited as one of the three outstanding entries of over eighty submitted.”

Simelda, who lives in the upper Layou Valley, is a prolific writer and has two other novels, three novellas, and a novel and collection of short stories for young adults as well as many other pieces of short fiction in her portfolio – just waiting for publication. Originally from Ohio, where she was an artist, horse trainer, and gallery owner, she moved to Dominica in 1994 and settled in the Soufriere/ Scott’s Head area before moving to her present home at River Ridge 15 years ago.

Read excerpts from the book and order on Amazon and follow Kristine’s literary progress on her website:

For further information please contact:
Kristine Simelda, Tel: 767-449-2669 or E-mail: