Amelia Curzon is an author, blogger, children’s book reviewer, budding environmentalist and lover of all creatures on the planet. Having grown up in the Mediterranean and having later lived and worked in various countries, including the United States of America and South Africa, she eventually settled in the United Kingdom.
She is also the mother of two grown children who provide her with much of her inspiration in life. Her interests include horses and all other animals (wild and domesticated), children, the environment, reading, and of course writing. She has been writing short stories and poems since childhood and had created and narrated many stories to her own children in their younger years. Insomuch as her stories have always been about animals it seems only natural her first book be written for the genres children and teen and contain lots of four-legged creatures.
Amelia wrote the first draft of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor a few years ago, proudly sent the finished product to a handful of traditional publishers and after only 3 rejections felt totally defeated. Silly! But that was then. The story was put safely away. And then she forgot all about it. Until that is, her son found it, read it, and passed on to his sister to read. Between them they persuaded Amelia to try to ePublish. Spurred on by her children’s faith in her, she decided to approach the task of re-editing and updating and the mammoth and mind-boggling mission of self-promotion. She had to find her feet pretty quickly and armed with bucket loads of good, and some bad, advice plunged head first into the daunting world of the self-published author.
Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is now published as an eBook and in paperback.
Amelia is currently working on a sequel to Mungai and the Goa Constrictor entitled Mungai Most Wanted. The book is expected to be released in 2014.
What prompted Amelia to write Mungai and the Goa Constrictor?
Amelia felt strongly enough about certain events to put them into words a child would recognise and enjoy. She had the idea for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor after seeing how many times her own children were fooled into naïvely attaching themselves to situations and people without realising the potential dangers – trusting without question and following without forethought. For her it was a warning; a way of understanding that if children, and young adults, did not show vigilance or did not appreciate the dangers, they could find themselves gulled into believing things which simply were not true; people do lie and they do mislead, as a result circumstances might arise which may not be beneficial to them.
Another reason she felt compelled to write this book!
This article was first published at Yesterday’s Daughter’s Blogspot entitled:
“Why are the morally bankrupt so hell-bent on our destruction?”
I am fiercely passionate about the environment. I believe, as many do, we are destroying the planet for future generations, either through ignorance or simply for the sake of profit; and much more needs to be done to target these flaws.
Despite conservationists, environmentalists and other scientists perpetually seeking and finding new ways to halt the various contributing factors; man, in many cases, will not cease to destroy what is there unless he is either educated, in the case of those who are not, or his greed is tempered, in the case of those involved in major corporations. Without a sustainable environment, there will be no planet left for the rapacious and the ill-informed to pillage.
I am also inordinately passionate about animals. I believe in the rights of wild animals, who have as much right to live in peace and without persecution as we do. Destroying their habitat, poaching them for medicine and ivory, killing them for their skins and for trophies, stealing their young for the pet trade; and the many, many other nefarious and gratuitous practices we witness on a daily basis, are all fundamentally and indisputably wrong; to say nothing of indefensible.
Aside from the unacceptable pain, distress, fear and all the indignities heaped upon them; if we do not save vulnerable animals from these practices, and many from extinction, we will further the process of planetary destruction. Wildlife (in all its forms) is essential in maintaining the ecological balance of nature and ensuring survival of life. Typically, those lacking any sort of moral compass, refuse to accept this.
Although those living amongst endangered and other species need to eat and need land to live on and farm, they should be able to, and possibly be taught how to, respect and live in harmony with the environment, and still achieve these objectives.
Perhaps when consumer goods cease to be more important than the future of the planet, we will also see change. Far more legislation needs to be brought in concerning desultory logging and deforestation, haphazard plantation building, poaching, encroachment and industrial fishing practices, inter alia, within the countries where these practices occur.
The sooner we stop the ignorance and the greed, the closer we will be to saving the planet for those who will inherit it – the children and whatever wildlife remains.
Amelia Curzon – September, 2013