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December 2017 Update: The Dance of a Seahorse

I am excited to announce the launch of this newly designed website! Please let me know what you think.

I’m also thinking of forming a small team of beta readers—readers who are interested in reading chapters of my upcoming debut novel The Oyster Thief and providing feedback. It’s a great opportunity for avid readers who want to influence a live work. If you’re interested in being a beta reader, please send me a note at info@soniafaruqi.com.

In the November 2017 update, I talked a little about Coralline and Izar, the two protagonists in The Oyster Thief. The story features some animal characters too, in addition to human ones. (Yes, it’s still a book for adults, but it’s an underwater odyssey and I’m finding it great fun to have animal characters in the story!)

The animal characters are based on true traits of their species. One of them is a seahorse.

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October 2017 Update: Big Announcement – My Second Book

I am excited to announce that I’m working on a second book, The Oyster Thief.

What is it? An underwater odyssey.

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?

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August 2017 Update: The War Between Past and Present

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.

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July 2017 Update: Two-year anniversary of Project Animal Farm

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.

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March 2017 Update: The Sixth Extinction and the First Garden

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.

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February 2017 Update: Cows and the World

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.

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An emerald bird called Emi

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.

The cat
The cat

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