When I began my first novel, A Three-Turtle Summer, I had no conscious idea of the symbolism I was creating by using a turtle. I was unaware of the Native American belief that the turtle was the symbol of wisdom, perseverance, and the power of female energies. Unconsciously, the first novel was the beginning of a turtle theme which has run through all three of the books that I call my Turtle Trilogy*. My affection for these creatures has added joy to my life. * A Three-Turtle Summer, As Brown As I Want: The Indianhead Diaries, and Custer and His Naked Ladies.
In my latest novel, a romance titled Boogie, Boots & Cherry Pie, I’ve also got a turtle. This one skateboards!
My readers have sent me turtles of all sizes and colors. I cannot have a live turtle for health reasons but I wouldn’t have one anyway because I believe wild animals should be free.