Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00
Carle Place freshman Samantha Georges can now add, “published author” to her resume. Her book ,Timber: A Struggle for Survival, is now available on Amazon for the Kindle.
The book centers around a wolf named Timber. As Timber grows from pup to adult, he comes to realize the war humans have waged against wolves, and has to fight to survive against dangerous hunters.
Georges started researching and writing in November and finished the 100-page book in February, getting advice and feedback from her former tennis coach, Paul Mila, who is also a published author. She says that she’s always been a writer, writing picture books on construction paper as a kid.
“I’ve always had a talent for writing and felt pretty confident about getting (the book) published,” Georges says. “I felt it had a strong story to it, and that it would affect people and make them think differently about wolves.”
Georges has always loved animals. She recently started a blog on tumblr called wolvesONLY and started reading other blogs and articles related to the animal. She soon learned about a controversial wolf hunt in the Midwest, which spawned the idea for a book.
“In the Midwest, wolves aren’t very common and the population is just coming back. There’s a open hunting season for wolves and I disagree with that so I thought maybe I should write a book and hopefully that will open people’s minds,” Georges said.
Georges says that wolves are commonly inaccurately portrayed and characterized as savage animals, which they are not. Georges says that wolves are much like domestic dogs, playing and working together.
“I did research and wolves are actually very social and intelligent. I thought maybe this book would help encourage people to help save wolves and wolf populations that are in danger,” Georges says.
She says the things she loves most about wolves are the way they defend their young.
“I see them as very majestic animals that are willing to do almost anything for their puppies. Adult puppies defend their puppies to the death, and that’s what usually gets them in trouble with humans,” Georges says.
Georges has written a few other books she hasn’t published yet, but is hoping that will happen sometime soon. Timber: A Struggle for Survival, is now available on amazon.com for the Kindle or Kindle app. Check out her blog at wolves-only.tumblr.com.