Aunty Lehua is from Hawaii and now lives in Utah. Because of her background, her debut novel is not only steeped in island lore, but also contains Pidgin, the melting-pot language of Hawaii. Aunty even has a "Learning the Lingo" feature on her blog! You can also "like" her Facebook page here.
(From Jolly Fish Press' official press release)Shark legends from Hawaii:
One Boy, No Water, the first of five books in the Niuhi Shark Adventure Series, is a fantasy based on an island folklore centered on the Niuhi shark people in Hawaii—imagine water people, angry teenagers, confused parents, a looming mystery, and man-eating sharks! The book is scheduled for a Fall 2012 release.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Parker—also known as "Aunty Lehua"—has always been an advocate of Hawaiian culture and literature. Her writings often feature her island heritage and the unique Hawaiian pidgin.
The Niuhi Shark Adventure Series will be JFP's first middle grade series to be released in the Fall of 2012.
For excerpts from One Boy, No Water, click here.
* Hawaiian Shark Legend
* The Shark-Man, Nanaue
* The Shark Baby
* Shark Man
* The Shark Man of Waipio
* Kamalo and the Shark God
Aunty Lehua says, "Since big predatory sharks tend to hunt and travel alone, most Hawaiian shape-shifter shark stories are about a particular individual and not about whole societies of shape-shifting sharks. The Niuhi Shark People of Hohonukai only exist in the [Niuhi Shark Adventure] novels."
Jolly Fish Press is a new publishing house in Provo! If you're local and would like to meet someone from JFP, come to the annual Publishers' Fair on BYU campus TOMORROW from noon - 5pm in the Wilkinson Student Center Garden Court! This event is totally open to the public so you should come!
Aside from One Boy, No Water, other titles to be released by JFP beginning this Spring are:
The House Keeper's Son by Christopher Loke (May 19, 2012, see book trailer here)
Big in Japan by Jennifer Griffith (July 21, 2012)
Dissension, Blood Inheritance trilogy, book 1 by Adrienne Monson (Spring 2013)
Insight, The Beholders series, book 1 by Terron James (re-release 2013)
I'm excited to see what other books JFP acquires! Maybe it will be YOURS!