Coming Fall 2017!
Forthcoming from Charlesbridge: Birds Of Prey, a middle-grade survival story about 12-year-old Karma's quest to rescue her dad after a car accident leaves him trapped in the desert. Karma has only the help of her trained falcon and a troubled runaway boy, who may or may not be a friend.
Unlike my dogsledding novels, I did not have years of personal experience to rely upon while writing Birds Of Prey. What I did have was an intense fascination with the sport of falconry and the people who devote their lives to it. During my research I discovered many similarities between the two topics: both are somewhat "fringe" sports, meaning they are not generally understood by most of the population. Both are really more than sports—they are lifestyles. Both require incredible amounts of time, resources, and patience. And both are uncommonly rewarding—working closely with an animal and forging a bond. I admire the men and women who choose to follow their passion and I'm grateful for the support and assistance of many who have answered this newbie's naive questions.
Birds Of Prey is a story in keeping with what I love to write about—gritty outdoor adventure, and the realistic portrayal of the special relationships humans can form with animals. I can't wait to share it with you.
"Falconry is a unique and ancient partnership between human and bird."
—Ontario Hawking Club
(Photos courtesy of Denis Lefebvre)
I gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for providing me grants to write this novel.