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Author Q & A

Interview with Lynne Cox, author of Grayson

Q: Grayson depicts the extraordinary events that occurred during one of your morning training sessions in the Pacific Ocean. Why did you decide to write about this miraculous encounter now?

LC: For many years I thought about the experience, and it took time to figure out how to write about it and how to share the story with other people.

Q: Your descriptions of marine life are so vivid that readers will feel as though they are in the water with you, searching for Grayson's mother. Were you able to recall the day’s events by memory or did you rely on a journal?

LC: Because the experience was so unusual, I remembered many of the events. I wanted to immerse readers in the experience and put them mentally and emotionally in the water with me. I returned to Seal Beach and swam off the pier and along the shore so I could describe details I would have otherwise missed if I only had recalled the experience.

Q: As an open-water swimmer, you need to be aware of every creature in the sea, as well as to detect changes in the air and ocean currents. How did you become so in tune with nature?

LC: One of the reasons I love to swim in open water is because it enables me to observe what's around me. It's not like pool swimming where the water is controlled and tamed. The ocean, sky, sun, stars, wind, currents, and tides are always moving and changing. I move through a dynamic place that, at times, is very dramatic. I love to be able to explore places I've never been or discover something new around me.

There's something really amazing about having a baby whale or dolphin come up and swim alongside of you.

Q: You recount many of your long-distance swims in the bestselling memoir, Swimming to Antarctica. Where would you rank this swim in relation to your other impressive oceanic adventures?

LC: Swimming with Grayson was one of the most unique experiences in my lifetime. That moment in time, though, was far more than a swim; it was really a turning point for me in my life. It was when I realized that I wanted to attempt things that others might consider really difficult or perhaps nearly impossible, and if I stayed committed and focused, I could achieve them.

Q: You also participate in events to raise awareness of environmental issues, such as your swim across the Ohio River in August 2006. Are you involved in any other clean-water causes?

LC: The Sierra Club and Rivers Unlimited contacted me to participate in that swim across the Ohio River; they've stayed in touch and update me on their progress.

I continue to be asked to participate in clean-water and other environmental causes and I do so whenever I can.

Q: Grayson has touched readers from five to ninety-five. Why do you think this book has such a broad appeal?

LC: The story is about believing in one's self and one's ability, and it's about one's interconnected place in the world. Whether you're a child, a teenager, an adult, or a senior, I think you want to recognize that connection in one way or another. When you read the book, I hope that you feel what it was like to swim with Grayson and feel the sense of real-life magic.

Copyright © 2008 Harcourt
Questions written by Roseleigh Navarre

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Maureen Belle, January 14, 2011 (view all comments by Maureen Belle)
The story of communication and empathy between two species is very heart warming and enlightening,
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Kestermonster, June 4, 2009 (view all comments by Kestermonster)
Cox's notion that strong positive thinking will concur all prevails in this beautiful story of a lost baby whale. The author never really divulges how taxing physically the ordeal must have been. Have you ever swam in 50 degree water?? Its like torture. I think in her shoes (or swim suit!!) we would have all tried to do the same, but it took a truly special person to help Grayson. A touching, quick and easy read ideal for anyone needing a pick-me-up. A+
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deep thinker, April 13, 2008 (view all comments by deep thinker)
How can one have the endurance to swim continuously in the ocean for three hours, and then spend another several hours swimming beside a baby whale to help find its mother? Lynne Cox, that's who. The descriptions of her experience giving of herself to assist a baby whale places the reader right there with her in the cool coastal waters, experiencing the spiritual connections between herself and the sea creatures all around her. Cox's writing, and Grayson, will stay with with me for a long time.
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Product Details

Cox, Lynne
Harvest Books
Marine Life
Personal Memoirs
Wildlife rescue
Swimmers -- United States.
Cox, Lynne - Childhood and youth
Biography - General
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Grade Level:
from 9
One map, line art throughout
8 x 5.31 in 0.48 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 176 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156034678 Reviews:
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You'd swear from the synopsis that it's fiction, grist for an after-school special or Disney's latest blockbuster. But, no, 17-year-old long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox, training one morning off the California coast, discovered a baby gray whale that had been separated from his mother. For hours, she stayed with him, from the pier to an oil rig, under pelicans, among dolphins, and through jungles of kelp in the dark, open water, waiting for the mother's return. Cox's bighearted adventure simply leaps off the page. Grayson is one of the most invigorating books to come out of the ocean in years.

"Review" by , "This book is moving and thrilling in its simple language as Cox laments the inadequacy of words to express profound feelings but demonstrates the exhilaration of the effort."
"Review" by , "An inspirational, almost spiritual read."
"Review" by , "A moving and memorable story, filled with dramatic tension and loving descriptions of the sea and all the wondrous creatures it holds. Grayson is a celebration of the natural world in all its glory, and the deep and lasting effect it can have on us humans if only we pause to notice."
"Review" by , "Lynne Cox is a master of story telling: her prose captures the vast movements and deep mysteries of the ocean and the creatures for whom it is home. Everyone who reads Grayson will be enchanted and profoundly moved. Grayson is a powerful voice for conservation."
"Review" by , "Grayson would be compelling enough as a fable about a young woman and a lost whale. The fact that it's true makes the story wondrous, and unforgettable."
"Review" by , "[A] simple but suspenseful narrative....This true adventure is as breathtaking as the exotic underwater life that the author describes in vivid detail."
"Synopsis" by , One dark morning while the 17-year-old author was training for a long-distance swim, she became aware that something was swimming with her — a baby gray whale that had become separated from its mother. This is the magical, mysterious tale of how Cox miraculously reunited mother and baby.
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