It was this prevailing thought that pushed its way into my consciousness one evening as I was reading a children’s story book to my two young daughters.
What, I wondered, would I be reading to them (or indeed they themselves be reading) when they were teenagers and young adults?
It was in that moment that Ak-cra was born.
To me, Ak-cra encapsulates the notion of “literature with substance”. It is a story of mystery, magic, and adventure, with twists and turns, heroes and villains. It directly confronts the issue of global warming, arguably the most challenging social and ethical dilemma facing humanity in the 21st century.
Ak-cra is a work of fiction; however, many of the key concepts are based on reality in the context of a world where entire species are lost forever and others cling perilously to survival before slipping from endangered to extinct. We, collectively and as individuals, have a say in the’ loss’ of these species. Our actions have consequences for the planet and the creatures that share it with us and this is what Ak-cra aims to explore.
I am not a scientist and have no intellectual basis to be discussing the issues or merits of the global warming and climate change debate. But what I do have is the power of the pen, the power of imagination and storytelling, and hopefully the ability to inspire my readers to start thinking about the future of our planet.
From thought springs desire and my hope for Ak-cra is that its readers are inspired to embark on a quest for knowledge and a determination to find answers and solutions.
I have used a creative licence several times during the telling of Ak-cra. For example, there is no Balle Inlet or Whyte’s Beach in Lahaina. Any errors, omissions or alterations are mine and mine alone and written within the context of a fictional story.
I now invite you to turn the page and be introduced to Ak-cra: a story designed to get both children and adults talking about our planet’s survival.
Ak-cra: PUBLISHING MID DECEMBER 2013
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