Every day I receive e-mails from children (and grown-ups!) who LOVE Gaia Girls
. As an author, I get a kick out of seeing enthusiasm for the characters and the story. However, I struggle with the idea of “Gaia-stuff.” Do we need Gaia Girls t-shirts, jewelry, toys? Or, is this just adding to the burdens Gaia must carry?
Check out The Simpsons
illustrated the irony of expressing fandom through sweatshops. I’m going to ask that Gaia-fans do a little Google-ing
. Find out where cotton comes from. Plastic toys. Jewelry for kids. SHOULD Gaia Girls should make “stuff?” Check out Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff
before you answer that question!
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Lee Welles is the author of Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth, and Gaia Girls: Way of Water.
I am the author of the award-winning Gaia Girls book series. I live in Corning, NY with my third-grade teacher hubby, two dogs (one young and wild, one old and patient) and an orange cat who thinks he is king of the whole pride. I am elected City Councilman here because I believe in putting your money where your mouth is and I drive VW Beetle that runs on waste veggie-oil.
Writing a fictional sereis about girl-eco heroes is extremely fun and I have discovered the profession of writing suits my nature. Half the time I'm squired away from the world and lost in my own daydreams and the other half I get to go into schools, libraries and other interesting venues to talk about my work and, more importantly, about Gaia.