Who is Petrus?

Meet Jemi, the inspiration for Petrus.

When I first met Jemi he was climbing underneath the jetty with a home made bamboo spear for fishing.  His broad feet moved expertly over the beams as he manoeuvred himself, one handed, through the structural supports.

His smile was wide, his hair kissed golden by the sun - he struck me as a true child of the sea.

In writing Ocean Warriors he was an obvious choice to be Novi's big brother - he was the only child I could imagine the spirited Novi looking up to.  And Novi really does look up to her big brother Petrus.

Jemi was the perfect inspiration for Petrus because he is very able - a likely role model.  And Novi is a dreamer with the determination to realise her dreams - even if at times she is scared and unsure.  What I tried to capture in their relationship was Petrus providing Novi both the opportunity and the space for her to grow into and realise those dreams.

Ocean Warriors Plastic in Paradise was shaped largely by Novi's experience… but in the second book (yes, I'm still writing) you will here more about Petrus.

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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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