Thursday, 1 July 2010
Strange and Sad Timing
As my new release, BY HEART AND COMPASS, becomes available this week, my thoughts are with the people and animals in the Gulf, struggling to withstand the environmental tragedy that struck this April. Only a few days after this event, I joined my husband and college roommates on a trip to the Western Caribbean. We had a lovely time taking in the blue sea and pristine beaches off the coast of Mexico. Never for a moment did I understand the implications of what was happening around us.
I saw the ocean for the first time when I was twenty years old. The impact it had on me drove me to read about it, learn and eventually try scuba diving. Now forty, I made my second salt water dive this spring and had a wonderful experience. On that day, I was more concerned about the lionfish species that is invading the Caribbean. I watched the dive master who accompanied us catch several off the reefs. Who would have thought a much worse predator would threaten the sea life that has moved me to write stories centered around our beautiful oceans?
BY HEART AND COMPASS is shipwreck romance adventure about trusting your heart when it matters most. Although it isn't environmentally-themed as was my short novel, TURTLE SOUP, it means just as much to me because it is an opportunity for me to tell stories and most importantly, write about the things I care about.
You can find out more about BY HEART AND COMPASS today at my blog: www.thebalancedwriter.blogspot.com. You can find out more about me and my books at my website: www.daniellethorne.jimdo.com.
Sending prayers and well-wishes to those of you affected by this terrible tragedy. And for my beautiful sea turtles…