|Is Nani, the dolphin, a character in Black Sands, Aloha Reef Series #2?
Yes she is! Isnít she precious? Sheís going to be tooling along a bit from island to island. Black Sands will be out in October, and itís set at the volcanoes on the Big Island, but Nani shows up to assist in underwater research.
I noticed Bree, from the Rock Harbor Series, made a cameo appearance in Distant Echoes. Will she show up in the other books in the Aloha Reef series?
No, she isnít in Black Sands. But donít despair! Right now Iím working on a Woman of Faith novel thatís set in Alaska called "Alaska Twilight." I have a bear biologist in it, and Iím also having a search so I can bring in Samson, [the rescue dog from the Rock Harbor series]. We are talking about doing some more books in the Rock Harbor Series since they were very well received. "Alaska Twilight" will be out next February.
Are you going to Alaska for research?
I love research! Iím going to Alaska the end of May. Weíll fly rather than take a cruise because I need to get to the areas with lots of bears since I have a bear in "Alaska Twilight," named Miki. I need to learn a little bit about the bears without getting eaten!
When will the other books in the Aloha Reef series be released? Who are they about?
Black Sands (about Kaiaís brother Mano) will release next October and "Dangerous Depths," (about Bane, the older brother) will be out next spring 2006. We may do more books, we havenít decided yet.
How did you get idea for the Aloha Reef series?
I was watching a show that showed the Navy using dolphins to monitor the sea for terrorist divers and bombs during the Iraqi war. I didnít realize dolphins could do something like that and was very intrigued. I was a big fan of Flipper in the 60ís. Whoops, I just showed my age!
All my life Iíd heard how smart dolphins are. Some researchers say their intelligence could be close to humans. Theyíre aware of themselves and can recognize themselves in a mirror. I began to investigate ongoing research into dolphin/human communication which led me to the theme of the book. Even if we could establish communication with dolphins, we could never totally be able to understand one another because our reference points are so different, just as we can never understand God. We canít understand who He really is because He is so much greater. . so much other. So, the more I studied communication, the more I became intrigued with the whole concept.
In Distant Echoes, Kaia teaches Nani to communicate with a device that emits clicks and whistles. Real researchers are trying to establish communication with dolphins like that and are having some success. Itís really fascinating to me that there is a possibility of real communication.