My Authors Give Back Guest today is Sibel Hodge. Sibel is the Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author of Fourteen Days Later and Money, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mystery). She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she’s Wonder Woman! When she’s not out saving the world from dastardly demons she writes an eclectic mix of romantic comedies, mysteries, thrillers, children’s books, and non fiction.
Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, and Winner of Best Children’s Book by eFestival of Words 2013. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.
Sibel is here to talk to us today about one of her favorite charities, Panthera.
Hi Rhonda, thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today!
Ever since I was a kid, I was obsessed with wildlife documentaries. I even wanted to marry David Attenborough when I grew up! Every chance I got (and still do), I’d watch the spectacular footage of these animals in their natural habitats. Their beauty and intelligence never fails to amaze me. We have a unique relationship with animals. They have the ability to create so much happiness in our lives and open our hearts. I believe what we do to them, we do to humankind. And what we’re doing to them through poaching and the illegal wildlife trade breaks my heart, which is why I wanted to write a book to try and raise awareness to the plight of the suffering and dangers these animals face every day in the wild.
Although The See-Through Leopard is fiction, it’s based on the sad fact that thousands of animals are dying every year due to poaching and wildlife trafficking, which is now the third largest criminal industry in the world. The only thing that stands in the way of these animals and extinction is us. Together we can all do something to stop this happening. We can help to spread the word. We can lobby our governments to provide better laws and protection. We can educate people. We can get involved with and support reputable conservation organizations. We can care enough to do something. When they’re gone, they’re gone, and I don’t want to have to see these animals only in photos because there are none left in the wild anymore.
I’m donating a minimum of 10% of the royalties from The See-Through Leopard to Panthera, a leading international conservation organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s big cats, plus I’ll also be donating to other wildlife conservation groups. Cats, and especially the big cats, have a special place in my heart, and Panthera has many cat experts trying to conserve and protect the worlds’ most endangered species through scientific measurements and methods. The organization’s transparency and clear objectives allow people who support them to be secure in the knowledge their donations are actually going into the field where they can do the most good.
Thanks so much for being my guest today Sibel, and for telling us about Panthera. I’m a big believer in saving our wildlife and appreciate you taking time to tell us about the organization.
You can buy Sibel’s book and not only get a great read, but help a wonderful cause. The See-Through Leopard is available at:
And if you’d like to help out even more, you can donate directly to Panthera as well.
This article/video came across my facebook newsfeed while I was putting this post together and thought I’d include it. It touched my heart and hope it does yours as well.
Thanks again for the great post, Sibel and for helping out our endangered friends.
Want to connect with Sibel? You can find her here:
What about you guys? Have you heard of Panthera? Had experience with their organization? Or want to talk to Sibel about her book? Feel free to express yourselves in the comment section.
As always – thanks for reading!