I am excited to announce that I’m working on a second book, THE OYSTER THIEF, pictured above.
What is it? The world’s first underwater fantasy.
It’s the most creative project I’ve ever embarked on, and it’s been pushing my imagination to the limit. I’m excited to be working with my editor Jessica Case and the team at Pegasus Books, with whom I was also fortunate to work on Project Animal Farm.
Stay tuned in the next months for a brand-new website and newsletter, and big perks and giveaways.
So…what’s the book about?
THE OYSTER THIEF features a vast underwater world harboring a mysterious secret. Here’s the story:
Coralline is a mermaid in the Atlantic Ocean whose idyllic life is ruined by an oil spill that gravely sickens her little brother. Desperate to save him, she embarks on a quest to find a legendary elixir.
She encounters a human man, Izar, who’s left his life on land behind to find a cure for his dying father. He doesn’t tell her that his family runs Ocean Dominion, a corporation whose ships plunder her waters daily.
Fate pushes the two of them together, even though their worlds are at odds. Accompanied by a colorful troupe of animals, Coralline and Izar travel through coral reefs and seabed cities, trailed by murderous adversaries and warring ships. Their secrets threaten to tear them apart, while a growing attraction adds to the danger. Ultimately, each of them faces an impossible choice. Should Coralline remain with the world she knows, including her fiancé, or should she relinquish everything for a stranger who might betray her? And Izar holds a secret of his own—one that might cause him to lose Coralline forever.
I hope you’re enjoying the summer as much as I am!
I would like to share with you the name of a documentary I recently watched and enjoyed: Chasing Coral. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on an adventure to discover why coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate.
Chasing Coral features startling images and facts about the oceans. Made by the director of 2012 award-winning documentary Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral arrived on Netflix a month ago. I recommend the film to anyone interested in the past, present, and future of the oceans.
I am excited to announce that July 15 marks the two-year anniversary of Project Animal Farm. We’ve come a long way together!
Project Animal Farm continues to touch the minds and hearts of readers. Just this summer, the book received its third accolade. It was selected as a finalist for the 2017 International Book Awards. Previous accolades for Project Animal Farm include its selection as a runner-up for the 2016 New England Book Festival Award and a finalist for the 2015 Chautauqua Prize.
I recently finished The Sixth Extinction, a Pulitzer-Prize winning book by Elizabeth Kolbert. Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Kolbert posits that we are currently experiencing the planet’s sixth extinction. This time around, however, the cataclysm is not an asteroid or a natural event—but us. For the last thousands of years, at an accelerating pace, human existence has drastically been altering the environment.
My January blog about wild birds touched a chord among readers. Two websites reposted it on their platforms, spreading the word further. If you missed it, take a look here at the true story about an emerald bird called Emi.
I was honored to be featured in a short documentary called BEEF made by a fourteen-year-old, Sevy Lortie. An inspiring young man, he says: “I’d like to grow up into a kind and peaceful world. I hope to help make the world more green, and work to raise awareness and take action around climate change.” Watch the 16-minute film here.
I have the story of a lifetime—a story from the very jungles of Costa Rica.
My husband Aamer and I were driving from an ecolodge to a biological reserve in Costa Rica and decided to stop for a break. We sat in a restaurant and looked out the window to find a cat meowing as it stared up a tree. A green bird perched on a branch, her eyes closed, her feathers fuzzy.
We learned from a Swedish couple in the restaurant that she’d hit her head by flying against the glass windows, and now could no longer fly properly. The cat was waiting to eat her. In fact, cats kill billions of wild birds and mammals each year in the United States alone, posing an immense threat to wildlife.
My husband Aamer Hasham and I visited Costa Rica in January 2017 and found it to be a beautiful country of misty forests, waterfalls, and sandy beaches. It has also taken important conservation steps such as protecting around a quarter of its land as national park and banning sport hunting. That said, deforestation poses a major threat to the country’s biodiversity, much of it due to cattle ranching and animal agriculture. In the photos below, ranging from the stunning to the strange, you’ll learn how tiny bats survive and why trees in Costa Rica show, but don’t tell, their age.
At a charming ecolodge and wildlife refuge where we stayed, Arenal Oasis, the large and small among the feathered kind dropped by for fruit. Their favorites were banana and papaya.