Process, Inspiration + a Sneak Peek

Ocean Warriors Plastic in Paradise was written as a short story and was adapted for a children's book.  To celebrate its release in its bilingual version I have decided to (re)share parts of the original story and my inspiration for writing it.

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As the story about Petrus and Novi was taking shape I thought a lot about our marine neighbours and who the children might consider their friends - Lumba-lumba seemed an obvious choice, such is their prevalence in the area, and who doesn't love a dolphin??

I met the dolphins up close very soon after our move to Raja Ampat.  During my first few weeks in the archipelago Nath and I had a little explore in the tinny and one little guy popped his head up to say hello - something that I'd not seen in the wild before.  Before long they were dancing all around the boat and I was, as you might imagine, totally blissed out.

Since that day, it seemed that the dolphins were always around and often I would find myself distracted from my yoga practice on the porch as the dolphins swam across the reef edge...

In the story, Novi waves to her dolphin friends as they dance across the horizon at sunset.  Another snippet of my own life, sitting on the porch as the sun sinks behind the horizon casting the sky in brilliant hues.  A daily occurence and yet the Raja Ampat sunset sky never ceased to leave me in utter awe...

When I set out to write the story I had in mind to put together something that would educate the rest of the world about this beautiful corner of the world.  What I hope I created in the end, though, is something that will feel familiar to the people who live there.

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I very much look forward to sharing the original short story with you over the next few weeks, and want to thank you all for purchasing this book, all proceeds from which go directly back to Friendly Drifter Foundation to fund future resources and sustainable waste management systems in Raja Ampat.


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