Amanda Severn is the self-published author of 'Gertie the Mermaid's Birthday Adventure'. Two follow-on Gertie books are currently in production. Amanda has been a writer of articles, features and on-line blog posts for many years, but the Gertie books mark a whole new direction for this Sussex based writer. Developing the character of Gertie has encouraged Amanda to research and learn more about the ecological crisis our seas and marine-life are facing. Amanda hopes that Gertie's adventures will gradually help young readers to recognise the impact of marine pollution, industrial trawling and over-fishing.