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Author Q&A ft Rachel Clark | THE BLACKFISH PROPHECY Book Tour + Signed Paperback #Giveaway | @BlckfshProphecy & @GoddessFish Promotions Present #YoungAdult #Nature

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE BLACKFISH PROPHECY by Rachel Clark, a Young Adult/Nature avail...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE BLACKFISH PROPHECY by Rachel Clark, a Young Adult/Nature available now from Fawkes Press.

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The Blackfish Prophecy
by Rachel Clark


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GENRE:   Young Adult/Nature


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BLURB:


Best friends Terra and Tiluk live alongside the wild orcas of Washington State. On the other side of the continent, Miles wallows in anger and self-pity fueled by his parents' divorce. In a moment of harrowing fate, their lives converge when Miles witnesses a captive orca brutally kill his trainer at a marine amusement park.

When Miles contacts Terra and her family of whale biologists to better understand the "killer" whale, the three teens soon realize they are more linked to each other - and the whales - than they ever imagined. Driven by a primal urge to connect with the highly-evolved consciousness of the orca, the teens take extraordinary risks to challenge big business and renew lost traditions.

Their journey is set to restore an ancient mystical bond between humans and whales that ultimately reveals The Blackfish Prophecy…a revelation about Terra - and those like her - that's about to change everything.


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EXCERPT:


He wasn’t sure whether the fence was supposed to keep people out of the swamp, or keep the swamp away from the people. The snakes were seriously getting out of control. You couldn’t live in Florida and not know about the yellow anacondas, Burmese pythons and boa constrictors. They were a huge problem since they’d been accidentally introduced. The snakes loved it here, and they didn’t have anybody to eat them, so they were pretty much everywhere. He’d heard rumors at school about snakes that had even eaten little kids. Sometimes he’d just come here and stare over the fence, peering from the concrete stronghold of their subdivision into the dank, vegetation choked, black‐watered quagmire. The swamp creeped him out but, at the same time, it pulled at him, beckoning somehow.
The sidewalk was much smoother than the pavement, and he rocketed past all the backyards, blipping from fence to fence at high speed. He veered into the swamp on the fenced walkway that linked the back edge of his massive development to the business district on the other side of the swamp.
There was trash everywhere in here; soda bottles, needles, plastic bags, broken glass. This pathway smelled even worse than plain old swamp; like exhaust and beer mixed with the smell of a dead body rotting in mud. He raced past a couple of sleeping old homeless guys on benches, relieved it was getting lighter outside. He never came here in the dark.
Once he hit the business district, everything clicked. I’m going to OceanLand. He hadn’t realized it until that very moment. He slowed for a fraction of a second, Seriously Frost? Umm, Duh! YES! It was only a couple of miles from their house, which was one reason their mom took them so often—she’d bought a family membership after the divorce. Broken family membership, more like. He whipped through the back parking lots of the Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy’s and Exxon. When he got to Wal‐Mart, he knew he was close. Slowing, he narrowed his eyes and scanned the OceanLand perimeter. First was the gigantic parking area, which is what people saw when they pulled in. It was so big you could plunk down a freaking small town on that lot with room to spare. Behind that was the park itself, which was enclosed by a huge 12‐foot‐tall solid wood fence that snaked back into thick vegetation. Miles’ gaze fell against the trees back there, and instinctively he pushed his board toward them. But this time his foot came down carefully, gently. He’d gone on high alert. He was pretty sure that OceanLand wouldn’t want people sneaking around back there, especially after that Harvey Mott guy managed to get himself killed. Not to mention Dusky yesterday. The hair on the back of Miles’ neck went up as he realized what he was about to do. He pressed his mouth tight in resolve. I am doing this.
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AUTHOR Interview:


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?


I wrote the book for young adults, but it is really meant for everyone. I’ve had adults come to me in tears of gratitude, and young people tell me they’ve started routinely dreaming with whales.


The book is part of an emerging narrative for thriving change given the historic moment we find ourselves in. Our planet and human civilization face an unprecedented challenge and crisis in climate change, and the many related issues (social, biological, political, agricultural, and others). A global uprising of powerful human action and empathy, is guiding our world’s culture to one of partnership with each other and the natural world, rather than the domination of others and nature enforced over the last two thousand years. The Blackfish Prophecy is part of that shift moving us all to this new paradigm of global harmony. Many people now refer to this as The Great Transition.


Read the book to be inspired, feel hope, and take action for solutions in the face of the greatest challenge we’ve ever faced.


Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?


Oh wow, the cover art gave me shivers! The amazing Karen Savory (simplysavoryart.com/) worked with me to brain storm ideas, and the cover is what she came up with after a few conversations. She also did the incredible lino-cut prints inside the book. All of her art reminds me of what I was seeing in my imagination as I wrote the book well before ever meeting her. Her work “came to me by accident” in a thank you note sent to my home for a completely unrelated reason. As soon as I saw her artwork, I knew she was the artist for the book.


What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
  1. The novel Blackfish City by Sam J Miller is a work of fiction like mine, with some similarities. Even though both The Blackfish Prophecy and Blackfish City are fiction, they spotlight real life events that are too often invisible to most people. Both books explore human truths while also depicting epic hero’s journeys that may change you as a reader, and that hopefully inspire action for change.
  2. The Dreamers written by Karen Thompson Walker is also similar, yet from a different genre. In The Blackfish Prophecy there are several references to others beginning to open their eyes and realizing for the first time that something is very wrong with holding cetaceans in captivity. In the book, I describe abnormal behavior patterns as well as health problems that these sacred sentient creatures face, not to mention the risk of extinction to Southern Resident Killer Whales as a result of current consumption and cultural structures. In The Dreamers, you also get a feel for imminent danger when an illness threatens to put a community to sleep, perhaps indefinitely. Both books are fiction, both inspire readers to act for urgently needed change, and both depict the power of communities to solve oppression and tyranny before it is too late.
  3. Finally, there is a growing library of stunning non-fiction books about orca that anyone interested will find compelling, even compulsive reading. Of course, Death at SeaWorld by David Kirby is at the top of my own personal list because it helped inspire The Blackfish Prophecy. Also, don’t miss the amazing and important books: Of Orcas and Men by David Newiert, Endangered Orcas: The Story of the Southern Residents by Monika Wieland Shields, Orca: The Whale Called Killer by Eric Hoyt (a book I read as a teen, and which helped guide me to the whales). And there are many others! If you want a more personal idea of what it’s like to be a whale biologist, anything by Alexandra Morton will satisfy. For starters, check out Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us.


Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?


I love to cook, grow our own food and flowers, and have been practicing yoga for years. I also meditate every day, which I recommend for everyone as it helps connect our minds to the deep wise voice within. Walking a couple of miles each day with our sweet dog Yoda often unleashes great inspiration, too. Raising my sons to have reverence for the natural world and their fellow humans is also hobby of mine.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?


Tell your friends what you loved about the book, give it as a gift, and we always adore when readers leave feedback on Amazon, Goodreads, and any other book related platforms they love. Thank you!!


Most important? Keep dreaming!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Rachel is a writer and biologist. As a kid she got hooked on all things animal, vegetable, and mineral. To complicate matters, she was hatching up stories before she could hold a crayon. Once she discovered biology it was all over. Ever since her first class in 7th grade when she refused to dissect a frog, a little voice in her head said: You gotta share this amazing stuff about how nature works, and ask if we really need to harm it. The little voice only got fiercer once she went to college and worked with captive dolphins and Beluga whales, then got to see wild killer whales only a few weeks later. From then on it was an all-out quest to convey the wonders of nature, while pointing out the serious problems of our very bad habit of dominating others and the Earth. She’s been a card-carrying science writer for twenty years. The Blackfish Prophecy is Rachel’s first book.

These days when Rachel is not writing, reading, dreaming, or speaking, you can find her sculpting an unruly assortment of moose-pruned orchard trees & berry bushes, gathering veggies & eggs in her micro-farmyard, foraging for mushrooms, and feasting on local food with friends.

She is a lifelong yogini, devoted pack mate to her free-spirited Canid, and mama bear who's sustained by treks deep into the Pacific Northwest with her increasingly feral family. Rachel drives a 100% electric zero-emission car, and her family's home is powered by renewable energy. Their little house is nestled on an urban lot they tend for kids' play, territory Animalia, sequestering carbon, and a food forest to augment the bounty of local growers.

Her work is fiercely aligned with the science of Life, harmony & justice for all: the enduring dream of Earth.

2 comments

  1. I love this cover and I also love what I have read in this post. I look forward to reading this book.

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