Writing Guardian Angel was a thrilling adventure. Since this story takes place outside of Florida, I had to turn to the internet for reference. The more information I uncovered about Mauritania, Africa the more I wanted to know. There was so much interesting information that I could never put it all in the book. One of the things I found fascinating was a huge list of facts about camels. They aren’t the cutest or fuzziest of animals, but they are impressive, and I wanted to share a few tidbits about these mighty beasts.
The camels found in Mauritania are dromedary or Arabian camels, which means they have one hump. They do well in temperatures ranging from twenty to one hundred- and twenty-degrees Fahrenheit. To protect their eyes from blowing sand, they have a third, clear eyelid and two rows of long lashes. If necessary, they can also shut their nostrils.
Camels are known for their defense tactic of spitting when they feel threatened, but you should know that it’s not just spit…it’s the contents of their stomach. My last and favorite camel fact is that you might recognize their moans, groans and deep, throaty bellows as one of the voices of Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies.
Since I have listed some information that is not in the book, I’ll take a moment to tell you about some things that did make it into the book. There is an amazing train that winds through the Sahara Desert carrying iron ore to the port in Nouadhibou. As well as, some beautiful natural scenery and, of course, there are two strong women that clash about how things should be done at the US embassy.
I hope the readers that take a chance on Guardian Angel will enjoy traveling to Mauritania, Africa and sharing in Angel and Ellie’s adventure. There are many places in and out of the US that I would love to see with my own eyes and Mauritania will remain at the top of my list.