Paul Mila has expanded his horizons from Brooklyn to Baja and beyond. He traded in his corporate suit for a wetsuit and now devotes his time to writing, scuba diving, underwater photography, and speaking to groups about ocean conservation. He has enjoyed photographing and diving with Caribbean reef sharks in the Bahamas, humpback whales in the Dom...inican Republic and Tonga, and diverse sea life around the world, including his home waters of Long Island, New York. Using his photographs and personal adventures, Paul brings the people and undersea creatures he encounters to life through interesting stories for readers of all ages. In addition to this children's book and two nonfiction books, he has authored a scuba diving thriller/fiction series drawing from a cast of colorful, real-life Caribbean characters. Paul's Book: Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends More

Why Harry Hawksbill Is My Hero

One of the reasons why author Paul Mila chose a sea turtle as the main character in Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends was to bring sea turtles to the forefront of peoples' minds when thinking about ocean conservation.

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Selecting the Characters for Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends

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Author Paul Mila, wrote Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends to impart both a social message for young children and also to teach them about sea life.

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To Illustrate or Photograph?

When author Paul Mila was writing Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends, he and the Best Publishing Company editorial staff wrestled with one main question: should we use his underwater photographs to tell the story, or retain the services of an illustrator?

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A behind the scenes glimpse of the writing of Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends

What does it look like to write a book? 

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Diving with Sea Turtles

It's always makes for a great dive when sea turtles are nearby, don't you agree?!

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