I love to read and to research, and all my novels have begun by my devouring fact and fiction on subject matters that interest me. I am grateful for both the internet sources and the written materials that helped me write Shape of Secrets.
Shape of Secrets began as a book titled y1 which was interactive in the sense that all electronic versions of it contained up to a few links per chapter which took the reader to music, photos or short news items or articles that were intended to enhance to the story.

Links to music are given on a separate page called Music.. Photos and information on the various islands of the Pacific where much of this story takes place can be found on the page called Pacific Islands.
This page contains information on the remaining nineteen links that I thought would most enhance the reader’s experience. Each is followed by enough of an excerpt from the book to provide context. I hope you enjoy exploring them as much as I did.
URLs are being monitored periodically to ensure that they remain live. If you discover that a link is broken kindly contact the author at Readers are encouraged to support the referenced artists, news outlets and web sites referred to in this book. At the end I provide a few additional general links. Please know that it is my intent to be accurate, respectful of all cultures, and open-minded about various points of view. If I have fallen short, it is regretted. Inclusion of a source below in no way implies that source’s endorsement of my novel.

Links by chapter:

Chapter 1 February 1993

Rainbow Brite

Dr. Seuss’s “Happy Birthday to You”

Chameleon changing colors

Chapter 2 December 1999

International date line

Kiribati greets the year 2000

Chapter 3 June 2009

TED’s David Gallo

Articles on abuse at teen boot camps

Chapter 4 July 2009

Samoan Fire Knife Dancer

Chapter 5 August 2009

33’ Hans Christian Sailboat

Chapter 6 September 2009

Earthquake in Samoa

Chapter 7 October 2009

Boot camps for troubled teens

Fire Walking

Chapter 8 November 2009

“Are You Depressed, Or Just Human?” by Dr. Andrew Weill

Chapter 9 December 2009

John Stuart Mill

Can  money buy happiness?,9171,2019628,00.html

Chapter 12 February 2010

Social mobility in the U.S.

Sharon Begley on whether antidepressants work

Chapter 13 March 2010

Medicating children in foster care

Chapter 14 April 2010

Professor Xavier

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The following printed materials also provided background material for this novel:

The Economist Pocket World in Figures, 2011 Edition. Published by Profile Books Ltd.

Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands by Earl R. Hinz

Flaming Sword of Samoa: The Story of the Fire Knife Dance by Freddie Letuli

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo across the World’s Largest Ocean by Sharon Sites Adams and Karen Coates

We Chose The Islands by Arthur Grimble

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost

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