Decorated Jamaican actress and author, Dorcas Bennett, more popularly known as Belle Angel has her sights set on capturing and broadening the imaginations of readers with her upcoming book, Jamaica Rose, set for release in the New Year.
Following her successful 2013 book, http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Jackson-Seven-Dorcas-Bennett/dp/1482651742, a book dedicated to the legacy of her long-time mentor and late, great pop icon, Michael Jackson, Belle has been putting the finishing touches on a fiction novel which she describes as an ‘Epic Tale Phantasy,’ or Jamaican folklore fiction. Jamaica Rose tells the story of a young girl who’s an intellectual honor student by day (Rose) and a super heroine fighting the dark world of demonic forces and witchcraft at night (Jamaica).
After her parents were killed while just three months old by sorcery, Jamaica Rose’s grandmother raises her and teaches her the most powerful necromancy; leading to her acquiring supernatural powers along the way to help others inflicted by witchery while hunting down the most powerful Succubus before she comes face to face her antagonist as she looks to avenge her parents’ demise.
According to Belle Angel, readers will automatically connect with the main character, especially those who know what it’s like to lose a parent.
“Readers are empathic to a child’s loss of parentage. They are intrigued by heroic feats they want to feel a part of the journey celebrating with the protagonist,” she said in an interview Friday. “Jamaica Rose is fighting corruption, readers are aware that there is good and bad in this world but they want the good guy to win and bad guy to lose. Readers enjoy a challenge and hope for a happy ending.”
The inspiration behind this book comes strictly from unrestricted imagination, according to the writer, who was desperate to a do a piece embedded with nuances of her native culture.
“Giving my book the title, Jamaica, represents where I am coming from and the name Rose is my cousin’s first name and she was the first best friend I can recall having when we use to walk to basic school together,” Belle explained. “I was 3 and she was 4 years old, she protected me like I was her own child, and I never forget how tight she held my hand to lead the way, and how intelligent she is.”
Also the author of pieces such as Diary of a Virgin: An Angel Cured Me, a romance novel based on an encounter between herself a prominent American magician, Criss Angel and Queen Dolphin of Love, a semi auto-biography detailing life from her teenage years up to the year it was published (2010), Belle’s Jamaica Rose promises to be another book that strays from the norm in an attempt to widen one’s thinking scope in an attempt to tell riveting stories. Jamaica Rose is expected to be unveiled next April, on her birthday and will be printed distributed by Amazon.com, with updates about its progress published regularly on her website.
Proceeds from the book will be held in a trust used to establish a children’s charity in honour of her late grandmother, Doris Moody.
While Belle is writing about Jamaica, she also visited her native country for the first time since 2004 and described it as a wonderful experience for her and her family.
“It was the most magical experience being in my native country after 10 years,” she said. “It was particularly special because my sons are now teenagers and were able to fully comprehend the culture. We immersed in aspects of being a Jamaican from the food and excursions. We stayed at Strawberry Hills Resort because Irishtown is my late grandmother’s favorite part of the island and since she was cremated in New York, I took her remains home and placed it among Blue Mountains region.”
“Growing up with my grandmother, she suffered from severe migraine headaches, pure Blue Mountain Coffee brewed with no additives such as milk or sugar was the only remedy she self-discovered would stop the pain,” she explained.
Meanwhile, Belle Angel continues to add to a very strong and extensive Hollywood resume, as she has featured on shows this year such as American Sniper, Rizzoli and Isles, Baby Daddy and the TNT series, Murder in the First. She also appeared in the comedic film, Think Like a Man Too, which features Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Hart.