Water, and the lack of water, are one of the important themes of the novel. One of my favorite scenes is when Maddie, not a water-friendly person, jumps into her uncle’s pool to swim with Aiden. It is one of the moments of Maddie’s growth and transformation.
It was the chapter about the moment the Japanese whaling ship harpoons a whale. It took me a long time to write because it was so emotional for my character, Aiden, and for me, in his shoes. I found myself stopping and crying while writing.
Ever since my husband gave me a book about the gardens of Kyoto, I’ve been wanting to go.
Researching the stories of activists who train and risk their lives to protect their communities, the environment and animals.
I start with a character and a situation, and usually find myself writing two points of view. Maybe it’s my “inner judge” that tells me that there are always at least two points of view to any situation.