Wednesday
13 July 2016
#FacesAroundTown: Meet Ross Tibbetts

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“My book signing feels like a kind of landmark celebration to commemorate the completion of my first novel. Books & Books is hands-down the best book signing venue in the Cayman Islands and I hope people will find the event entertaining and educational.”

Ross Tibbetts is a Caymanian author who is about to celebrate the launch of his debut novel, The Walker, a science-fiction thriller Ross describes as a cross between Tales from the Crypt and an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Books & Books will host a book signing for all to attend this Friday, 15 July at 6:30pm, during which Ross will share his tips on publishing for other writers, some information about his next book and, of course, offer those in attendance a chance to buy a signed copy of The Walker.

Working as a Design Manager for Decco by day, Ross does most of his writing in his spare time. The Walker took him three years to write and self-publish, but he has been a storyteller his whole life. Dreaming up ideas for stories has been a pastime of Ross’s for as long as he can remember and his creativity extends to drawing comic books, also. During 2004’s Hurricane Ivan, Ross remembers telling stories to family and friends to pass the time when all other options for entertainment – television, movies, even books supplies – were unavailable or destroyed. It was his audiences during the storm that encouraged him to write these stories down, so he did.

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Not slowing down anytime soon (despite having a full-time job and two children – Sawyer, aged four, and Finn, aged two – with wife Selina), Ross is already at work on his second novel, Don’t Read The Book. He has ideas for at least 10 novels, and his plan is to get to each and every one of them. While this may sound ambitious, Ross has proven he can do it all – in addition to writing and self-publishing The Walker, he also painted the design for the cover.

“I wanted a cover that would catch your eye. I have been obsessed with pop art recently, as well as stencil graffiti, and wanted the cover to have elements of Andy Warhol and Banksy,” Ross explains. “My brother said the cover reminds him of a candy wrapper, and I like that analogy.”

The Walker is set in the beach town of Gulfport, Florida, where Ross lived as a child in the 1980s, which is also when the book was set. He has many other ideas for books set in Cayman as well, and looks forward to fleshing those out on paper.