Saturday, March 05, 2016

What is Laurel Saville reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Laurel Saville, author of North of Here.

Her entry begins:
I’m reading a textbook called Perspectives on Animal Behavior. I’m getting a certificate in Applied Animal Behavior, and it is the required text. I’ve always been deeply interested in animals, the human animal connection, and how our innate egoism and culture have created severe limitations in our understanding of the complexity, depth and nuance of other animals’ social structures, emotions and communication. I also work with two shelter/rescue organizations as a volunteer. My primary interest is dogs and how to train and rehab them – and often, more importantly, their guardians – so everyone has a happier, more fun relationship.

The book and course focuses on “animals”, which we usually think of as “other” than us, but of course we’re...[read on]
About North of Here, from the publisher:
The sounds of unexpected tragedies-a roll of thunder, the crash of metal on metal-leave Miranda in shock amid the ruins of her broken family.

As she searches for new meaning in her life, Miranda finds quiet refuge with her family’s handyman, Dix, in his cabin in the dark forests of the Adirondack Mountains. Dix is kind, dependable, and good with an ax-the right man to help the sheltered Miranda heal-but ultimately, her sadness creates a void even Dix can’t fill.

When a man from her distant past turns up, the handsome idealist now known as Darius, he offers Miranda a chance to do meaningful work at The Source, a secluded property filled with his nature worshipers. Miranda feels this charismatic guru is the key to remaking her life, but her grief and desire for love also create an opportunity for his deception. And in her desperate quest to find herself after losing almost everything, Miranda and Dix could pay a higher price than they ever imagined.
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