One night I had an animated dream. Literally. It was a color-drenched, action-packed cartoon about a restless baobab tree, unhappy with her lot in life. I woke up, scribbled it down, and began to expand the story. Surf’n Seeds was born. I often thought that I followed the characters and simply recorded what they did and thought. Surf’n Seeds is a story about awkwardness, about not fitting in; it’s a story about learning from your mistakes while keeping your self-esteem, and it’s a story about courageously facing obligations, even when you have to ask for help to accomplish them. These are the qualities of character I chose to teach my own children.
I was born in Chicago and have spent time in exotic locales from Morocco to India. For the past twenty-two years, I have worked in the Metaphysical Department of the Canyon Ranch Resort in Tucson. I have written a memoir of my near-death experience titled Remember, Every Breath is Precious, due to be published in the fall of 2018.
This is my first foray into children’s literature but not my last as I already have a sequel Surf’n Seeds II outlined. I live with my menagerie in a mesquite bosque on the outskirts of Tucson and divide my spare time between organic farming, being a passionate sports fan, and meditation by my pond.
Toky with the girls, Liana, Kaody and Adana, on their adventures. Kaody is scared. Guess which one she is. Illustration by Brodie Sullivan
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
List of the Main Characters*: (and the Malagasy translation of their names)
Razana — A baobab tree, Dera’s daughter (ancestor)
Dera — Razana’s mother (praise, honor)
Toky — A Wave (boy’s name)
Rano — A pink-backed pelican (water)
Liana, (impatient); Kaody, (shy); Adana, (tranquil) — Seeds (Razana’s daughters)
Basivava — A storm petrel (gossip)
Lalayo — A Coquerel’s sifaka lemur of the Malinala family (play)
Reny — Lalayo’s mother (mother)
Pikabary — A leaf-tailed gecko (discourse, speaker)
Mr. Kamo — A Madagascar hissing cockroach (buddy)
Lakana — A green sea turtle (island)
Zanahary — A humpback whale (godlike, extra special)
Kompana — A wave near the Bay of Narinda (teacher)
*The Events and Characters depicted in this book are Fictional. Any similarity to actual Lemurs, Geckos, Birds or Waves, living or dead, is purely coincidental.