Guest Blogger

Today I’m doing something different. A lovely woman named Marina Kuperman approached me, through le blog, about participating in her “virtual blog tour.” (I feel so professional!) She has just written an environmentally conscious/marine based YA book Turtle Feet, Surfer’s Beat and she has written up a little Q & A to get everyone excited about the book and her mission.
Check it out!


bioQuick bio:

Marina Kuperman has been living in Costa Rica for almost 5 years. After visiting the Playa Grande’s Leatherback Turtle National Marine Park and seeing this critically endangered animal, she became so moved that she not only wrote the book Turtle Feet, Surfer’s Beat but also founded the online community for kids, teens and their parents to take action in a fun way to help marine preservation.

What is Turtle Feet, Surfer’s Beat about?


My book revolves around a typical suburban teen girl, Penelope, from the States that is forced to go to Costa Rica with her parents for her father’s job assignment. Involuntarily, her parents sign up Penelope to spend two weeks at the Leatherback turtle biological station (for ‘her own good’). Penelope, obviously isn’t pleased but forgives the horrid accommodations and the never ending bug brigade as she sees the turtle and instantly pledges to do all she can to help it from extinction.
But hang ten, dudes! Penelope is about to get help. One lonely night, as she’s patrolling the beach for turtle poachers she stumbles and falls directly into the arms of the local surf champ. Together they dive into the world of surfing and marine preservation.


What a fun premise. Penelope sounds like a very passionate heroine.
And ooh la la—I love a good romance involving a hottie surfer dude with moral obligations. So sexy. I wonder if he’s anything like Keanu Reeves in Point Break! Sigh…

Seriously, though, I’m intrigued. You sound so motivated/devoted.

Well, these days, we are constantly facing global problems that seem to be getting worse and worse daily. Living in Costa Rica, I’ve been inspired to take action. I started by writing this book and am now developing a community of teens, surfers, artists, scientist, and everyone else who is interested in working together to have fun while helping out.

You’re website,, is focused more on the community rather than just the book, right?

Yes. I figure, a good read helps to get us all hyped-up to take action and make a difference, especially if it’s for a good cause. And that’s exactly what my book intends to do. Since, we are all in the know about the conditions of our oceans, and really wanna do something to start making a difference. Plus, we also know that everything is so much more fun to do when you’re having a blast at it with friends. So, that’s exactly what is all about. It’s not your typical site of more information thrown at you, but rather a way to get involved and join all the cool people already taking action!

picThat sounds great. I’m looking forward to reading the book and then “diving in.” Bad joke, sorry. Thanks for stopping by to tell us about Turtle Feet, Surfer’s Beat, Marina!

Thank you for having me as a guest and I look forward to everyone visiting our community and joining in the fun!

About alexgirl

I'm a YA novelist livin' in fabulous Brooklyn with my husband and our two kitties. I love film making, photography, music, chocolate, sushi, friends, cardio, TV, and a bunch of other crap I can't think of. One published novel, Back Talk, available at Amazon. (and another one in progress!)
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5 Responses to Guest Blogger

  1. it does sound wonderful, and yes…it made you sound wildly professional to be part of a “virtual blog tour”

    off subject…..where is the top secret project you have been working on???

  2. marina says:

    hi alex, i love the write up!!!! very fun. it was super fun to work with you and professional!
    i hope we can do it again…
    ciao for now,

  3. very cool, and you are professional! It’s great to have environmentally consciousness worked into books beginning at young ages. Maybe it will all become habit.

  4. Celise says:

    Marina will be visiting my blog next month! How cool. I’m so glad she approached you, too. I got something special in mind, though, so you’ll have to stop by.

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