Seattle author's journey to create an ecological, Sci-Fi gem
How do you raise awareness of the vital ecological importance of a reviled and misunderstood species? According to one editor you, “forget the cute pictures forget the science and just tell a story.”
It took Williams three years to devise a fun and entertaining way to broaden the conversation about squirrel-related prairie dogs that have been decimated across the eleven states of their historic range down to 2 percent of the original population first estimated by the Lewis and Clark expeditions.
Williams incorporated cute pictures and original works from scientists on the value of prairie dogs to the survival of dozens of other animals, plants, reptiles, birds and raptors into an eBook series in 2012, but it didn’t achieve her goals.
Therefore, she followed the advice of Don McGuire, acquisitions editor for Brighton Publishing and embarked on writing a book to, “tell a story,” that would dispel decades of propagated myths about a sentient, highly ecologically valuable species; subtly, interwoven into the storyline.
On June 26, after more than a year of writing and revising, William’s cross-genre, Sci-Fi, eco-adventure book, Scorched Earth, Alien Wonders, was launched.
Scorched Earth, Alien Wonders is a futuristic, light-hearted, eco-adventure about hope, betrayal, love and enlightenment told from a non-human perspective. It asks the question: Can any evolved, intelligent race ever claim to be free of greed, cruelty and corruption? At its core, the book has a powerful message on environmental responsibility and wildlife stewardship. One of the main antagonists is the over-heated, unstable Earth itself. The journey is narrated by Captain Stanley Memphis, who leads a small group of aliens masquerading as pintsized earth critters and a bot-shifter as they embark on a mission to study how humans treat lesser beings in anticipation of man’s expansion into space, which is how morality is judged in their galaxy. But the routine assignment soon turns into more than alien interest in who might be living next door. This cross-genre, Sci-Fi, story will appeal to animal lovers, science geeks, pop culture fans, and hopeless romantics of all ages.
A five star review (http://www.amazon.com/
“The reader is treated to a well-paced story line with a clever mix of intrigue, betrayal, corporate greed, humor and unique plot twists that both entertain and educate about the benefits of eco-friendly human and animal coexistence and cooperation. The reader will also come away with an appreciation of wildlife exemplified by the prairie dog as a keystone species and why they are so important to a thriving ecosystem. The reader will also likely identify with the carefully woven references to modern Hollywood entertainment TV series and movies. This book has it all!”
The book is available on Amazon.com in paperback and eBook.
Delilah Jean Williams