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District 287 Author's Love of Nature Leads to Setting for his First Novel
Posted 10/08/2014 11:00AM

Congratulations to Geoff Saign, Education Assistant at South Education Center VECTOR Program, who has just self-published his first novel. He is receiving lots of attention in the press for the novel written for middle grade readers to young adults called WhipEye. Saign has written several other children's books including The African Cats and Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment.

Geoff has a background in biology having spent time as a field researcher and he has a passion for nature and wildlife. The setting for WhipEye is near the Superior National Forest. Twelve year old Samantha, a thousand year old, very wise parrot, and friend Jake have twenty four hours to save two worlds.

Saign says, "I wanted kids to see this character who loves wild animals and yet be wrapped up enough in the story to have that be the underpinning, so it's not a preachy thing. After 30 years of writing (and finishing a dozen novels), having 6 New York agents, and recently experiencing a failed contract with a small publisher, I decided to self-publish WhipEye, and am glad I did! I plan to publish two other young adult series in the next year, but am searching for publishers for them."

On Nov. 2nd, Sunday, 9-9:30PM, Geoff will be interviewed by WGN Chicago radio host, Rick Kogan, a national radio columnist. He has been featured in an article in the Highland Villager Newspaper.

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1820 XENIUM LANE NORTH Plymouth, MN 55441
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