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Aloha from  Hawai‘i Island. Welcome to this site.

As a freelance writer and author, I specialize in topics that cover environmental issues, sustainable agriculture, green energy, artisanal foods, and sustainability on all levels. The wilderness, streams, ocean waters, and green, open spaces of the Islands are my inspiration.

Hawai‘i has often been called a living laboratory, to be respectfully engaged by those who visit. With its unique natural and cultural heritage, it has drawn its own set of environmental, conservation, and self-sufficiency challenges. Yet at the same time, due to the islands’ isolation, many of Hawai‘i’s rich resources remain intact, allowing people and partnerships to find unusual solutions.

Anchored in a discovery, study, or incident in Hawai‘i, the stories I research have global relevance. In my writing, island-based projects and initiatives working toward solutions for the Pacific open to new thoughts for wider concerns, answers, and ideas. My style veers toward narrative nonfiction and essay, where academic research intersects with human interest and becomes easily accessible to non-scientist readers.

With dozens of articles in national, consumer, and trade magazines as well as in custom-published and non-profit media, I have been writing professionally for more than 16 years. In addition, I had a chance to publish five books: Big Island Journey and Kohala ‘Āina, both narrative/pictorial coffee-table books, have garnered prestigious awards.

Born and raised in Europe, inspired by eight years of service at the Findhorn Foundation in Northern Scotland, and widely traveled, I have a degree in French Language and Literature, obtained at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and am multilingual. I have been an active participant in the North Kohala community here in Hawai‘i for the past  22 years. I am a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

So what is my mission? To communicate with readers through well-researched, touching narrative that reveals the multi-layered reality of our lives in sensitive, skillful, entertaining, and approachable ways. To inspire people with insights centered around the way we eat, farm, and take care of our environment. To contribute with mindfulness ~ for our lives, for this earth ~ by way of accurate reporting and beautiful story.

My ultimate goal is to make connections through the art of the written word. I am fortunate to live in Hawai‘i, and fortunate to share and honor the writing it inspires.

Contact me if you think I may be of service to you or your company. Thank you for reading this!

Sophie

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