Getting to know the Author behind the book ...


                       MEET KAREN PAOLILO - AUTHOR OF ' A HIPPO LOVE STORY'

Describe yourself and how you came to be a writer in brief?

I am an adventurer with a romantic spirit. I have lived an extraordinary life where my passion for animals brought this English woman to the world of the wild animal – Africa- and I have experienced first hand what it is like to live au naturel!


How would you describe your style of writing?

Straight shooting, honest, direct from the heart; an approach that is easily identifiable, which everyone can relate to in some way. Inspirational.


How many books have you published to date?

A HIPPO LOVE STORY is the first of many to come.


If you could share one piece of advice with budding writers what would it be?

Never to give up. You must pursue your dream with dogged determination.


Who do you see as your inspiration and why?

There are several people that have inspired me to live the life I lead, giving me this opportunity of having my first book published. All of them have followed their dreams:

George Adamson (of Born Free fame), Gareth Patterson (author and the man who took on George’s lions when George was murdered), Jill Robinson (CEO of Animals Asia, an English woman like myself who has spent the last two decades saving moon bears from bile farming in China and educating the Chinese public about bile farming as well as dog and cat eating). The late Diana Fossey and the living legend Jane Goodall as well Birute Galdikas ( Louis Leakey’s ladies – all went first to learn and study about gorillas, chimps and orangutangs, and through their determination brought all three species to the world’s focus) and so the list could continue. Basically anybody who takes on a purpose to life that is not solely for their own benefit, but who cares about either man or animal to such a degree that their own lives take second place.


How has writing changed your life?

It has allowed my voice, personal thoughts and feelings to reach a much larger audience than ever could be, as I live in the middle of the African bush!


What has been the biggest ‘aha’ moment for you in writing?
To read the first review and to continue receiving comments and reviews that take my breath away, comments that bring tears to my eyes and make the hardships that we have endured all worthwhile. When you touch a person with your words, it is such an honour, giving one an immense feeling of accomplishment.

What has been the biggest challenge for you as a writer?
To believe that the book would be published and never lose sight of that goal.

What are your dreams and goals as far as writing goes?
To continue writing and to touch every day people and inspire them to grab their dreams with both hands and go for it.

You have recently released a new publication; please share a little about your latest release?

A HIPPO LOVE STORY is a book that is not just, as the cover suggests, about hippo. It’s a two fold embrace of love at its ultimate price. The love of a woman for a goal and the love she has for her partner. The choices that I believe all women need to make at some stage in their personal lives. It is a story of love, adventure, romance, and dreams, interspersed with the reality of life. Sorrow, hardships and at times indomitable odds that somehow had to be beaten.


Please share with us a short list of your favourite reads?

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Ishmael – Daniel Quinn

Woman in the Mists – Farley Mowatt

The Fate of the Elephant – Douglas H. Chadwick

Alex & Me – Irene M. Pepperberg

The Bone People – Keri Hulme

The Darkness is Light Enough – Chris Ferris

Babylon’s Ark – Lawrence Anthony


 

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