It’s so cool when you unexpectedly hear a podcast with a riveting true story that makes the fiction you wrote sound more real than ever!

This happened to me the other day, when I went for a walk and started listening to one of my favorite podcasts “This American Life.” The title of the podcast was “When the Beasts Come Marching In.”  The podcast was told in three acts: the first about a woodpecker; the second about seals taking over a beach; and the third about a moose wandering in downtown Anchorage.

I was excited to hear about the seals, and the battle that erupted over their encroachment on the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. This was the very battle (also the upset over the super stinky sea lion poop) that inspired my most recent fiction and novel The Smallest of Waves.

You’ll have to read my novel and the fiction I created to find out how my characters were inspired to take care of the seals!