Written by Cory Twibell Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:41
Carle Place’s Paul Mila, a scuba enthusiast and novelist, recently released his fourth book, Near Miss, which features “spies, treasure hunters and Cozumel divers colliding in a Caribbean thriller,” the author said.
Mila, who first tried scuba diving in 1999 during a vacation in Cozumel, Mexico, said inspiration for his latest book derived from an encounter with a fellow diver with a peculiar background.
“I was paired up with a dive buddy who happened to be from Australia and had a very interesting background. She was an ex-corporate consultant who had a lot of money and was traveling the world on her own and I thought there could be a fictional idea behind that,” explained Mila, who like his character, gave up the corporate suit for a wetsuit.
“Diving has been a transformative experience for me that kind of has led to everything. Even though I always enjoyed writing, it gave me the chance to meet some interesting people and generate some interesting ideas,” Mila said.
Much like the unknown allure of our oceans, Mila approaches storytelling – and the occasional swells of writer’s block – as a chance to discover something great.
“It’s a puzzle to figure out. I look at it as a positive situation. Some people freak out. It’s got to be fun and enjoyable even though it’s hard work,” Mila said, noting that he does most of his writing at home or in Cozumel, where sitting on the beach and facing the ocean “is very inspirational.”
The author is an underwater photography enthusiast and tennis coach as well. He circulates a monthly e-newsletter that features photos, videos and underwater conservation information. During his travels, Mila has photographed Carribean reef sharks in the Bahamas, humpback whales in the Dominican Republic and the South Pacific Tonga Islands, sea life in the Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Bonaire, Hawaii, Antigua and the waters off Long Island.
His work has also been featured in magazines, on National Geographic television and on websites showcasing the scuba lifestyle.