946308_10151773119860236_172767719_nAuthor Sandy Lo fulfilled a dream come true this summer: to swim with a dolphin!  It has been a life-long dream of the writer from New York City, who’s an animal lover.  She knew she could have swam, pet and feed a dolphin at a place like Discovery Cove, but that just didn’t feel right to her.  “In an aquarium, I would get to interact more with a trained dolphin,” says Lo.  “But that dolphin is being held in a small tank and forced to perform for my benefit.  I felt like it was going against my beliefs.”

It’s no secret Sandy Lo has wanted to help animals in any way she can.  From trying out being vegan to calling the Japanese embassy to stop the killing of whales, Lo is always looking to do something to make the world better for those who can’t speak for themselves.  She began researching eco-friendly dolphin swims and came across dolphinexpeditions.com.  “Geoff and his team leave the choice up to the dolphins whether they want to swim with us,” Lo explains, who boarded the company’s boat Indigo this summer.  “Lucky for us, we had several dolphins who wanted to swim around us!  It was truly magical.”

Sandy Lo’s article about the experience is now published on www.positively-smitten.com and a novel is in the works based on her experiences from the dolphin expedition.  “I had two other books I was debating on writing next.  About halfway through the trip, I knew I couldn’t wait to write a novel about the beauty of the ocean and the creatures that live within it, and of course, throw a fictional love story in the mix.”

Check out Sandy’s photo gallery of the dolphin expedition here.  (Please note, mobile users may not be able to view this.)

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Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.

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