Friday, June 10, 2016

The Speculative Fiction Cantina with Keshawn Dodds and Barb Jones

Today on the Speculative Fiction Cantina we are pleased to welcome writers Keshawn Dodds and Barb Jones.

Keshawn Dodds
Keshawn Dodds

Keshawn Dodds was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts on February 24, 1978.  He still resides there with his wife, Tamara Dodds and daughter, Sydney Sharee Dodds. Becoming known as a well-established football player in Springfield, he was awarded a football scholarship to American International College in 1997.  Mr. Dodds played football all four years at A.I.C., and later graduated with a B.S. in Education in 2001 and a Master of Education in 2009.

After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, Keshawn went on to become a fourth and fifth grade elementary school teacher within the Springfield Public Schools. During his tenure, Mr. Dodds taught at the Homer and Washington Elementary Schools from 2001 - 2005. He later took a job under Springfield's Mayor, Charles V. Ryan, as a Mayoral Aide. After his time in the Mayor’s office, Keshawn went back to AIC and worked there for ten years and most recently held the position as the Director of Diversity & Community Engagement. Moving forward, Keshawn is now the new Executive Director of the Springfield, MA Boys & Girls Club Family Center.

Along Mr. Dodds’ career journey, he has also become a published author of a juvenile fiction series, which is known as the Menzuo - Solar Warrior’s series. Keshawn has written eight books within the series, and has currently republished the first book, “Menzuo: The Calling of the Sun Prince,” in August of 2010, through Cosby Media Productions and in October of 2015, it became an Best Selling book. Mr. Dodds is also awaiting the release of the highly anticipated second book, Menzuo: Legend of the Blue Diamond. The rest of the books within the eight book series are due out in the years to come.

Mr. Keshawn Dodds is an avid writer and strong supporter of education. His long term goal is to become a well-known educational advocate and motivational speaker. Keshawn wants to continue to spread his words of faith towards obtaining a great education and achieving all goals that a person has set in their life. Being raised by his mother, Elizabeth Dodd, Keshawn was always instilled with what a good education can bring to a person. Mr. Dodds firmly believes that, when hard work meets dedication, success is born.

Keshawn's Books:

Menzuo: The Calling of the Sun Prince

Menzuo: Legend of the Blue Diamond

Who's On My Side? The Story of Kalen Brown

Keshawn's Links:


Barb Jones
Barb Jones

Born and raised in Hawaii, Barb is a single mother of two great children, one of whom is now a teenager. She works in Information Technology in addition to being an author. When people have asked her who she is, she’s said that, “it’s hard to write at times. I’m a mother, first and foremost, and then a hard-working author and IT professional”. She loves living in Florida even though she misses Seattle, but the warm weather reminds her of why she moved there.  She currently resides in Sarasota, a nice town with a few quirky attractions that make living in a smaller city fun.

Barb's Books:

The Queen’s Destiny

Marcus: Origins

The Queen’s Enemy

Barb's Links:

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