The theme of my website is, as you may have noticed, rare birds. Why rare birds, you might ask.
When I told Diane, my wonderfully talented and patient web designer, that I wanted the site to feature birds, she said, “Birds? What do birds have to do with your books?” I explained that I really like birds. She pointed out that the site should promote my books and communicate with readers and that my books aren’t really about birds. She had a point there.
So I wracked my brain for a connection. Then it came to me. It isn't just birds that I am interested in. It’s rare birds.
Rare birds sometimes find it tough to adapt and often they don’t look or act like the other birds. I’m not just talking about the pretty little song birds. I’m talking about birds that might seem strange and awkward, birds who are sometimes endangered or even made extinct as a result of their peculiarities.
I think of my favourite characters and friends as rare birds in human form. I’ve never been terribly interested in the popular and the well-adjusted or those who flutter effortlessly through life. I am far more interested in the ones who drag around weirdly long tails and have to cope with bizarre dietary restrictions. Those are my people. My birds, if you will. I think deep inside, most of us harbor our own rare birds.
So, with that in mind, I invite you to visit and to send in stories about the rare birds in your life and in your work or that you’ve come across. Introduce yourself! Introduce a rare bird character! Send us a picture! We want to feature you and your rare-bird-itude in our Rare Bird Gallery: a community of rare readers.
To submit to the gallery: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org a link, a piece of your writing (up to 200 words), and your photos. We will need photo credit and your contact information. Submissions should also include the following: I, _______ [fill in your name], give my permissions to Susanjuby.com to use this material on the website, Susanjuby.com
To all you rare birds I say: Welcome!