Another big thank you to Hills of Africa Travel – for being simply the best! Today, they’ve featured the second part of their interview about my novel (chick-lit/romance) on their blog: Out of Air: A Story of Sheer Inspiration – Part II.
In case you’re wondering about the book’s title, a fellow writer and student on my first novel-writing course, Leilani Basson, suggested it during a brainstorming session. This followed a discussion about the inspiration, which includes scuba diving. Dave is a long-time instructor, and introduced me to it almost twenty years ago.
We shared an amazing experience once, when he saved a giant leatherback turtle from running out of air. It was held fast to the sea bed by three fishing lines, attached to triple-hooks in its mouth. Wedging his diving knife handle into the huge beak, Dave gradually worked the hooks out, freeing the turtle to come up for air. Through it all (15 – 20 minutes), it seemed to relax into a kind of trance, as if realizing he was there to help.
This is one of my most special underwater memories, contributing to certain key scenes in Out of Air, as well as the title. Metaphorically, it relates to Gina’s breathless state of being as she strives to navigate the storms of her search for true love.
I don’t have a photo of the leatherback, but here’s a loggerhead sea turtle instead:
My sincere thanks to Leilani, and especially Dave. Without him, Out of Air would not exist – for countless reasons.
- Endangered turtle to be removed for treatment (lookatvietnam.com)
- Endangered Sea Turtles Born at Japanese Aquarium, World’s First 2nd-Generation Captive Breeding (japanfs.org)
- The incredible journeys of leatherback turtles [Mad Biology] (io9.com)
- How diving leatherback turtles regulate buoyancy (physorg.com)