A North Wales writer will launch her new book on August 19, detailing the time she and her partner spent in Seychelles.
Sally Mills, who has changed her life in Somerset and embarked on the management of a nature reserve on a remote Seychelles island with her partner Melvyn, is due to publish Island to Island – From Somerset to Seychelles next week.
Sally Mills was born in 1967 and grew up in rural North Wales, before joining Cardiff University and spending 25 years in nature conservation, working mainly for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
Towards the end of her conservation career, Sally had the good fortune to manage a tropical island nature reserve in the Seychelles, together with her partner Melvyn.
His commitment to wildlife has been rewarded with this unique opportunity to manage the prestigious nature reserve of Aride Island in the Seychelles.
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Ms Mills said: “While my illustrated novel depicts the drama and life-changing experiences of living in nature in a tropical paradise – with a limited food supply and no modern conveniences, it also explores the ups and downs and the dynamics of such a rare ecological ecosystem.
“It reveals how influential external factors can be in such an environment; from natural phenomena to the consequences of human actions, to the dangerous unforeseen cocktails that can occur when the two are combined.
“Island to Island is a rare insight into the impacts people can have on the natural environment and the key role we as a species play in conserving these delicate, precious and very beautiful communities that I feel so privileged to have witnessed it first hand.
“The novel is dedicated to my father, who believed in me, encouraged me and allowed me to flourish. After all, as his daughter, I was a bobby-dazzler to him.
As an expression of humble appreciation and gratitude, funds raised from sales will be donated to St Kentigern’s Hospice, whom I cannot thank enough for the sensitive and compassionate care they have provided.
A book signing will be held at Colwyn Bay Library and Waterstones Llandudno on August 19 and 20 respectively, to promote the book and palliative care services.