The idea for the book comes from my interest in seagulls which started during family vacations to Maine in my youth. As a Dad, it continued with family vacations to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward's Island. In Canada, I followed the Ivory seagull which is the only seagull that lives on sea ice. This fact formed the basis of the story, whereby the Ivory seagull loses his home when the iceberg melts. Along his journey to find a new home, he is treated badly by fellow Ivory seagulls who, at one point, push him off a dock. There is a subplot to the story. The Ivory seagull never finds another iceberg to call home. But, he does find a group of friends who love him. Their friendship and love really represent his new home.
I am a former free-lance writer for the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper. Currently, I am working on a young adult nouvella due out in July 2012.
My favorite book at age 5 was "Cat In The Hat". At age 11, I loved the children's book, "Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer" based on the television show featuring Burl Ives' songs. At age 15, I started turning to sci-fi with Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek. At age 20, the sci-fi interest continued with "Star Wars".