Rare book deal

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Fans of the fic­tional Dr. Hope Sze will hear the voice of the char­ac­ter when North Lan­caster au­thor Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes com­pletes a new pub­lish­ing ad­ven­ture.

The pro­lific writer re­cently signed a five­book con­tract with NARAT, a lead­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion in world­wide ad­ven­ture travel, and a three-book ex­clu­sive au­dio con­tract with the Kobo Orig­i­nals pro­gram.

Dr. Yuan-Innes, who writes fic­tion un­der the pen name Melissa Yi, will cre­ate a unique, char­ac­ter-driven ad­ven­ture novel se­ries set in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around the world, start­ing with Ecuador and the Galá­pa­gos Is­lands.

This is the first time a travel com­pany has col­lab­o­rated with an au­thor to write nov­els of in­ter­na­tional in­trigue in this ca­pac­ity.

“We’re still work­ing out the book de­tails,” says the physi­cian, “but the pro­tag­o­nist is a man of clas­sic ad­ven­ture who’s drawn into an global web of in­trigue. He’ll be in­spired by Thanushka Nanayakkar­a, the founder and CEO of NARAT.”

Is it ironic that Yuan-Innes signed the con­tract one month after re­leas­ing her sixth Hope Sze med­i­cal thriller, Death Flight, which de­picts mur­der on board an air­plane?

She laughs. “I thought of that, too. I’ll keep an eye open in the air -- not to men­tion when I’m hik­ing up Co­topaxi Moun­tain, or check­ing out blue-footed boo­bies in the Galá­pa­gos!”

Mean­while, in Canada, her first three Melissa Yi med­i­cal mys­ter­ies will trans­form

into au­dio books de­liv­ered ex­clu­sively through the Kobo Orig­i­nals pro­gram.

“I’m ex­cited that read­ers who lis­ten to books will be able to hear Dr. Hope Sze for the first time. Kobo Orig­i­nals launched with Zoe Whit­tall's The Best Kind of Peo­ple, which was nom­i­nated for the Giller Prize, and Cherie Di­ma­line’s The Mar­row Thieves, a Canada Reads fi­nal­ist, so it’s a huge hon­our to have Code Blues, No­to­ri­ous D.O.C., and Ter­mi­nally Ill join that kind of cal­i­bre.”

The nar­ra­tor for the Hope Sze nov­els, Jenny Kelly, is a San Fran­cisco-based voice ac­tor with over ten years of ex­pe­ri­ence in stu­dio and on stage, with a spe­cial pas­sion for au­dio book nar­ra­tion.

Dr. Yuan-Innes says, “I liked Jenny Kelly’s hu­mour and warmth, be­cause even when Hope faces the most har­row­ing ad­ven­tures, she laughs. Even if it's through her teeth.”

Al­though she will be roam­ing the globe, Dr. Yuan-Innes will re­turn to South Glen­garry to write her nov­els, in­clud­ing the sev­enth Hope Sze thriller. She says, “Charles Dar­win wrote that ‘Noth­ing can be more im­prov­ing to a young nat­u­ral­ist, than a jour­ney in dis­tant coun­tries.’

“At the same time, as Dorothy pointed out in The Wizard of Oz, ‘There’s no place like home.’ I can’t wait to ex­plore the world and cre­ate back home, sur­rounded by my fam­ily and friends.”

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