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About Debbie Ethell
THE WILL OF HEAVEN is Debbie Ethell's debut into the world of writing. The first of three books in the series it follows the story of her life (dealing with alcoholism) and those of the elephants she has followed since she was eight years old. Born outside Portland, Oregon Debbie grew up in a small farming community called Hubbard which is about as far away from Kenya as one could get. After she watched a PBS nature show on a specific group of elephants in Kenya she was hooked, "as if a door she didn't even know existed suddenly opened." From that point forward she began logging data and tracking those elephants throughout their life and hers.
Part biography, part revelation Debbie's story reminds us all that it is never too late to follow your dreams, never too late to change, and most importantly ... never too late to do the right thing. This story will inspire others to reach further than they ever thought they could for themselves.
Debbie is the founder and executive director of The KOTA Foundation for Elephants (kotafoundation.org) based in Portland, Oregon and her story is one that she hopes will inspire others to want to get involved. As a conservation research scientist she continues to work on several on-going research projects and court cases involving elephants around the world. KOTA was one of the few organizations that helped pass a law banning the sale of ivory in Oregon, becoming the sixth state to do so. She regularly travels back and forth to Kenya to further her non-profit's mission. Her blogs and articles have been featured in both national and international publications including GRAPEVINE, MOTHER NATURE NETWORK, and AFRICA GEOGRAPHIC as well as several scientific research publications. With more than 20 years in recovery from alcohol addiction she hopes to teach everything she can about the two things she loves the most: Elephants and Alcoholics.
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Debbie Ethell became obsessed by a group of elephants in Kenya when she was eight years old after seeing them on a PBS nature show. Over the next several years, her obsession grew, until a group of school bullies left her contemplating suicide.
By the time she was twenty-six, an addiction to alcohol robbed her of nearly everything except her dreams ... and it nearly took those too. Left with one final option and more judges in her life than friends, she entered a treatment center and then a halfway house, where she slowly learned how to live life sober.
THE WILL OF HEAVEN vividly captures her serendipitous journey as she discovers her inner strength ... not unlike that of the elephants whose stories she tells. Part biography, part revelation, this story will inspire others to reach further than they ever thought they could. Above all, it conveys a strong message of hope, both for the elephants fighting to survive poaching and for alcoholics fighting to survive addiction.