On the Island with Charles Darwin is a work of fiction. While we know lots and lots about the life and work of Charles Darwin through preserved documents, notebooks, publications, letters, correspondence, membership in The Royal Society, we know nothing about the fictional characters I have created around him. The characters, their names, and events are entirely fictional. But they are authentic. I researched many topics to build a realistic setting and plausible events around the time Charles Darwin was visiting the Galápagos Archipelago, making observations and journal entries for his manuscript, On the Origin of Species (1859).
It was also my great privilege to travel to Galápagos, to visit the islands of Isla de San Cristóbal and Isla Isabela, and experience for myself the entrepreneurial spirit of young naturalists who hire out their boats to take tourists on excursions to witness seals and sea lions, boobies, sharks, marine iguanas, penguins. Rather than travel by cruise ship, I rented Villa Rosa. This home was once the sea cucumber warehouse and counting house mentioned throughout the story.
About the Author
Dr. ten Brink is a science educator of 49 years. Her novel, On the Island with Charles Darwin, is the culmination of her teaching of science and love of nature. She traveled to Galápagos and experienced many of the events in this fictional account, including hiring the young island naturalist guides who thought it great fun to take her swimming with sharks. The City of Austin presented Dr. ten Brink the distinguished service award in 2000. In 2008, she received the Conservator of the Colorado River Award which she shared with Lady Bird Johnson, posthumously.
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