Writing from an Animal's Point of View by Murray Kibblewhite
Do animals think? What happens in their minds if they are attacked? While I will never know the answer to these questions, it was an important matter for me when I was writing the Romantic Action Thriller “The Minke Connection”
In the first chapter, a huge Sperm whale is deep diving to an amazing 1,200 metres to the sea floor to find food. In answer to my question, “How do I write from an animal’s point of view?” my writing tutor said, “Treat him as a human and personalise him!” So that’s what I have done for the Sperm whale feeding and then being hunted and then being killed by a Japanese whaler in the Southern Ocean.
Also, I have used the same approach for the dolphins communicating with each other, the tragic birth of a deformed baby dolphin and the unbelievably brutal slaying of dolphin and porpoises by Japanese fishermen who drive the mammals onto the beaches of small coves where they club them to death.
No wonder environmentalists are so upset and angry. I found it very difficult to write these scenes which are spread throughout “The Minke Connection.”
If you want to find out more check out the three sample chapters on my blog at www.theminkeconnection.blogspot.co.nz or go to Smashwords at www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MurrayKibblewhite where you can order the book.
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Synopsis of The Minke Connection: Why are the Japanese killing protected sperm whales?
From the high seas off New Zealand to the intricate demands in the city of Tokyo, The Minke Connection is a spellbinding saga. Matching business versus environmentalism, big organizations versus small and expectation versus experience.
Greenpeace discover that the Japanese research whaling fleet are killing more than the Minke whale. They send American born Canadian John Daroux, lecturer and adventurer, and Carrie Ardley, whale researcher, to investigate. Boarding the factory ship in mid ocean, John finds irrefutable evidence, almost loses his life and becomes Carrie’s lover. Together, John and Carrie go to Tokyo where they evade being poisoned, survive being frozen alive and endure being followed by the dreaded Yakusa. The arrival of Greenpeace chief, Mark Stafford, and his beautiful associate, Petra van de Roer, initiates a counter attack that requires John and Carrie to act as bait. Desperate measures are called for as they endeavour to outwit Takeshi Fujiwara, leader of the cult, League of Blood. John and Carrie are captured and tortured. Time is critical. John Daroux must use all his wits and knowledge to save the Sperm whales and himself. Can they succeed?