FF native’s wife’s book on Africa experience [UPDATED]Published 6:24am Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Updated 8:26am Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Life is about experiences, and sometimes those experiences become a creative muse. Such was the case for Jeanine Morgado, wife of Fergus Falls native Adam Larson.
Her book, “Giraffes Tell Secrets: Welcome to the Village” is loosely based on Morgado’s experience in Namibia, Africa while serving in the Peace Corps. It was in Namibia where Larson met his future wife, while also serving in the Corps.
Larson is a 2004 Fergus Falls High School graduate who joined the Peace Corps for various reasons.
“I joined for the adventure, and also to serve,” Larson said. “I thought it would be fun to join.”
Morgado, originally from Auburn, Calif., joined for similar reasons. She said through the Peace Corp., she was able to travel to places like Namibia to see different cultures in different environments.
“The people … I was so amazed by gentleness, kindness and how loving the people were,” Morgado said. “When some people think of Africa, they may think it is kind of a scary place. I wanted to show people it wasn’t a scary place.”
The way to share some of her experiences was to write a book. Morgado stressed her novel is loosely based on her time in Africa.
Both Larson and Morgado were in Namibia from 2010 to 2012. Soon after coming back to the States, Morgado began writing her book.
“I started (the book) in February and it took a little less than a year to finish it,” Morgado said. The book was published in December of 2012.
Some of the cultural differences in her book were based on some of her own, but a lot of it is fiction.
“It’s from the perspective of an American teacher volunteering in Africa,” Morgado said. “It’s a light hearted, funny book. There are some awkward moments because there are a lot of cultural differences between the U.S. and Namibia.”
These days, Larson and Morgado live in Reno, Nev. Larson is a high school science teacher and Morgado is working on a new book.
“It’s a follow up from this one. The idea is to make this a series of books,” Morgado said.
Right now, “Giraffes Tell Secrets” is available as an e-book. People may purchase it through Amazon’s Kindle service or through Barnes & Noble. Ten percent of the profits will go toward support for Namibia.