Guest Author–Denise Adams

Today it is my extreme pleasure to welcome Denise Adams to my blog. Denise’s latest book was published last fall and she’s graciously agreed to tell us about what inspired her to write Round Trip: A Seabird’s Pursuit of Darwin’s Route. But before we get underway here’s more about Denise.

Author-artist Denise Adams holds a Masters of Arts and Art Education from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Canada. The retired high school art teacher, now part-time landscape consultant and full-time nature enthusiast, is once again inspired to put out a book about her seaside surroundings near Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. Adams is also the author of Atlantic Coastal Gardening, The Little Book of Sea and Soul, For the Love of Lobster, The Little Book of Wildflower Whispers, and Seeing Stars.

What inspires me most to get writing is the sea. All my books revolve around it. I am happiest by it, in it and on it. I can see water from just about every window of my house. The sea is so photogenic and I have the great privilege of easy access to unique breathtaking photo moments.  I don’t take that for granted. Nor do I take for granted that life, as we know it, could not exist without healthy oceans. I want to spread the love, I guess. My first serious writing project was about the challenges and joys of gardening by the sea. Thanks to Nimbus Publishing, “Atlantic Coastal Gardening” was born in 2014. From that point on, I continued writing about the sea and taking photos to accompany text.  

I was thrilled to learn that Pegasus Publishers wanted to publish my sixth book “ROUND TRIP” A Seabird’s Pursuit of Darwin’s Route. It was a perfect fit as Darwin’s theory of evolution (now a truism) was first presented in 1859 at the now called University of Cambridge, England  –Pegasus Publishers home base.                             

I learned about Charles Darwin’s rather late in life. I’ve been bothered by the fact that I had not heard of him throughout my entire schooling. Then I became a teacher. After twenty-two years in the public school system, I noticed that there was still little to no mention of evolution in the curriculum. So, in my retirement, I set out a way to make the basic principles of evolution easy for young people to grasp through story telling. If they couldn’t learn about it at school, they could pick it up in a book. This story I would say, is my most important and meaningful writing project. The cover design and the forty pen & ink drawings inside are mine. The entire concept of an early chapter book for youth was five yeas in the making (143 pages).

ROUND TRIP is still relatively unknown to Atlantic Canadians but I am working on getting a Canadian edition of it published. Stay tuned. In the meantime, it can be ordered through Amazon.  If you do get your hands on it, please leave a review.

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This story begins in coastal Nova Scotia Canada, where a cormorant from England is in distress. Micheline, a middle school aged girl, finds the seabird and takes it upon herself to rescue him.  They fast become friends. Miche manages to secretly get the seabird to her mother’s place near Peggy’s Cove while she is away.

Encouraging the cormorant to take flight, Miche watches as this unique seabird embarks upon his mission to meet his cormorant cousins and fellow-seabird relatives up and down the coast of the Americas. During the arduous journey, the cormorant is helped along by kind oceanic strangers, who he notices are not so different from himself as revealed by Darwin’s enduring theory of evolution.

Will the cormorant reach his ultimate destination of the Galapagos Islands to see for himself what Darwin saw? Will he ever see Micheline again? Embark this sweet and ambitious tale of one bird’s quest to find his true destiny. Round Trip: is available through Amazon.ca or Pegasus Publishers.

Thanks so much, Denise. Getting to know a bit more about the authors whose books we read is always interesting and it’s so very important to support our local authors.

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  1. I love learning about the author behind the story and how they were inspired to write it. Well done, Denise. An important book. I’m sure we were taught about Charles Darwin in school (1950s and 60s Alberta) But perhaps he was downplayed to keep the overly religious parents satisfied. I recall, as a child, coming to the conclusion that God and science worked hand in hand.

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  2. janlcoates

     /  April 3, 2022

    Interesting that she found a UK publisher for a book partially set in NS. Can’t say as I remember learning about Darwin or evolution in school. Nice that Denise got to do both words and art for this one😎

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