After everything that has happened, Grace moves to the Everglades to live with her grandmother, Birdee, and hang out with old man Rex, Birdee’s “friend with benefits”. Grace quickly befriends Dylan, Rex’s nephew, and Dylan’s girlfriend, Sadie, who is a die-hard teen activist. Sadie spends her time leading protests against the roadside zoos that run rampant in Florida with a total disregard for animals or the flimsy law.
One day while out in the marshes of the Everglades, Grace and her friends rescue an abused—and endangered—Florida panther. She and Birdee spend time rehabilitating the animal. But when the panther runs off, Grace follows it to Uncle Bob’s, a large roadside zoo they all have been protesting. One that is illegally filled with a variety of endangered and exotic animals. Before she can rescue the panther, she and her friends are kidnapped by the ruthless owner and dragged deep into the Everglades for a hunting challenge.
Only this time, Grace is the prey.
During a sick game of cat and mouse, Grace and her friends are offered one chance at survival, but only if they reach civilization before being caught. With a small head start and very little supplies, only time and skill stand between the hunter and the hunted. But out in the Everglades, there may be more dangers than Grace realizes.
Against all odds, Grace must make it out alive and win, or everything she holds dear could be lost.
“How Nature can breathe life into your writing”
Sacred places- we all have them. From a shaded spot beneath that weeping willow tree in the park to quiet traipses through the woods. Even though we – as people – seek these places on hikes, in parks, or on vacation – sometimes we forget what nature can give us as writers. Nature can give writers a space to relax, to get inspirations, and to recenter our imaginations. Here are a few ways you can connect nature into your writing:
1. Gives us breathing room to write
Let’s face it- attempting to finish that one stubborn chapter doesn’t seem to work amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Even though a fast paced world forces you to write faster, there are times where you just need to relax and think. No distractions, no buzzing phones or squealing coffee machines; just the calming sound of whistling air or pure silence can make for a better brainstorm.
2. Provides inspiration
As writers, we tend to draw our inspiration from the world around us. Our characters need living, breathing things to move and interact with. Nature is awesome and a quick glance around the woods can show you why: thew sound of birds, rustling leaves at your feet, or a beautiful sunset. Everything about nature can be added to the world you are creating.
3. Improves observational skills
Without keen observational skills, a writer would be left senseless. So would characters. Our people, settings, mannerisms, descriptions – all rely on an our mental warehouse of collected evidence. Our stories can’t be brought to life without them. When we step into the world of nature and pay attention to details – we become better watchers, listeners, and thinkers.
4. Helps us relax
Nature is relaxing – if you let it be. It puts things in perspective. There are no beeps, no horns, and no demands which helps us to forget the real world for just a moment. By immersing ourselves in the silence of the outdoors, we can free up our imagination to create beuatiful things.
So remember- take a stroll, grab a bench, and climb a tree! Because who knows, a natural spot may inspire your next best-seller.
About S.R. Johannes
S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling thriller series, the Nature of Grace (Untraceable and Uncontrollable). Unstoppable (book 3) is scheduled for May/June 2014. S.R. Johannes is currently repped by Lara Perkins at ABLA. For foreign rights on the Nature of Grace series, contact Jennifer Custer at AM Heath (London).
S.R. Johannes is the YA advisor of ALLi and a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult category) as well as a Silver medalist (2nd place) in the IPPY awards for YA Fiction. She was also nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult category), a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Young Adult of 2012, and a YA Finalist in the US Book News Best Book of 2012.
After earning an MBA and working in corporate America doing marketing for over 15 years (Spanx and Good hair Products were my fav because of the perks :), S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, English-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.