Saving Gigy follows the process you went through to rehome your family’s beloved dog, and the challenges of making sure she went to a loving home. Why was this an important book for you to write?
The whole situation was so unexpected in my life and the way events unfolded , I strongly believed it was for a reason. I realized that reason was to share this story with a world .
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
I want to invite people to consider how a little more love and compassion in even the smallest situations can change our world for the better. I want to encourage people to embrace the true meaning in life by unleashing the power of love .
I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?
The hardest thing was to find a courage to write at all . However, believing in a power of love and letting that power flow freely was like a smooth sailing .
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?
The act of kindness even in the smallest situations in a day- by -day life can change this world for the better .
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Having ferrets as pets can be great fun, and can lead to some amusing adventures as well. Jeffrey agrees to take care of his sister’s ferret, Chubby, because she is too busy and Chubby needs attention. Jeffrey and Chubby play together and become great friends. But Chubby is missing his ferret friend, Coco. Chubby decides to go look for Coco, but gets into some trouble along the way. Luckily Jeffrey is there to save the day. Will Chubby ever find Coco?
Chubby Wubbles & Coco: 2 Missing Ferrets is a charming children’s book that shows the loving relationship that people can have with their pet ferrets. Chubby is so cute and the delightful illustrations throughout the book will appeal to young readers. The art focuses on the characters emotions and shows Chubby being very playful and getting into things.
Throughout the story readers, along with Chubby, are wondering where Coco is. While Jeffrey and Chubby have a wonderful relationship, which really shows you how close a pet and its owner can be, we are always left longing for Coco. This adorable kids books shows just how charismatic ferrets can be and children will love seeing Chubby throughout the colorful pages.
2 Missing Ferrets is a fun picture following a pair of friendships and shows how ferrets can bring joy, and a bit of playful mischief, into your life. Early readers will have a great time reading about Chubby and Jeffrey, and this will also be a wonderful bedtime story that parents can read to their young children.
Pages: 28 | ASIN: B09R84FL34
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Axel and Ava as Cat Sitters follow two friends as they try a little too hard to make friends with a new cat. What was the inspiration for your story?
I feel great sympathy for the little ones, just like Axel and Ava. That’s why I have published a whole series of books about their adventures – “Axel and Ava as Cat Sitters,” “Ava and the Last Bird,” and “Axel Washes the Rug.” In these stories, children learn to endure adversities and face their consequences. They also gain confidence and succeed in their way.
Children are just getting to know the world and doing many things for the first time in their lives. They often have more ideas and enthusiasm than actual knowledge and the ability to implement them.
I think it’s important that adults understand children’s enthusiasm and support it. Children need space and opportunities for their ideas even when they are very young. Of course, we must observe that various mistakes and failures occur safely.
Attitudes around children have a significant impact on the rest of their lives. In addition to basic physical security, children need mental protection that encourages their self-esteem and helps them to grow into balanced adults.
I was a very active child with new ideas in mind all the time. There was a lot that I wanted to test and try, including many fruitless efforts. Making candles almost resulted in a fire, and my rose perfume turned out to be a very unpleasant brown liquid. Preserving berries with sand wasn’t a success either.
But even the failed attempts brought joy, and I learned to become an optimist. I continued my efforts and often succeeded in the end! In my books, Axel and Ava are doing the same.
Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing?
I have to admit that I’ve never had pets for a longer time. A kitten was brought to my home when I was very young. We didn’t become friends, as the cat just ran after me in the house. After some days of constant crying, the cat had to go.
Although I haven’t gotten pets since, there is a good relationship between the animals and me, especially with those living freely in nature. I write a lot at our leisure home in the countryside. The house has large windows from which I can follow the events of the nearby nature as I write. I keep binoculars near me all the time. When I see something exciting, I immediately go out to take photos.
Sometimes the chicks fall out of the nest, the deer calves get lost from their mother, the stubborn darts or other birds fly against the window, or the playful otters spin on the beach. That’s when I’ll stop my writing, but I wouldn’t call it a disturbance!
The inhabitants of nearby nature often become the subject of my books. E.g., “You Can Fly, Little Bird” was inspired by the life in the nest on the windowsill of our kitchen. The last chick became particularly dear to me as I followed its attempts to overcome the fear. It had to gather courage for many days longer than the siblings. Eventually, it jumped off the edge of the nest, and its fresh little wings carried it away.
The mother bird waited for its offspring in the nearby tree and chirped for encouragement. I don’t need any other pets when these birds are part of my family, and I get to listen to their singing around the house and in nature!
What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
I want to encourage every writer to be honest. When you start writing something, you need to have something meaningful to say. Life experience is helpful, too. Writers need thoughts and feelings that are truly important to themselves. I don’t think anyone should just try to please others and guess what is fashionable to write.
Unfortunately, I often come across books driven by the wrong motives. The desire to do something fashionable, attract attention by any means and create sales success is evident in implementing some books. I wouldn’t call them art.
I understand that the book industry is also a business, and it’s guided by the framework set by the business targets. However, this is a matter for the publisher, but the authors writing their first books should not focus too much on thinking about it.
The first book is just the beginning of the writing path. My prediction is that the desire to write will not disappear – whatever the reception of one’s first book will be. We’re dealing with Pandora’s box!
How do you celebrate when you finish your book?
Getting the book completed is a multi-step process for me. As a small publisher, I’m working directly with the illustrators, translators, and editors of my books, too. There are many stages in these projects with challenges and accomplishments, and they are worth a celebration, too!
The stories have usually lived inside my head and heart long before I have written them for the book. The characters are very independent and even stubborn, and I must accept their pressure on me. After taking them safely to the world – on their terms – I feel very relieved and take a break.
I have no particular way to celebrate. Maybe I will enjoy a cup of coffee with a good cake or bun and go to the sauna. I must leave the story alone for a while and let it breathe. After taking some distance, I start handling it again, moving forward in the publishing process.
Working with illustrators is a great pleasure for me, and I’m happy to share the stages with my friends on social media, too. The best moments of celebration with books are related to reaching and touching my readers. The moments when I can see the effects of my stories in their eyes are important to me.
I believe that every author will recognize the special moment of celebration associated with the arrival of a new book in print. The package arriving from the printing house contains magic! Words and thoughts have come to life.
The miracle of children’s picture books is also related to their visual artwork. A new small world has emerged through the hands and minds of two artists – the author and the illustrator. That’s a celebration to me!
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Pippin Moves to the City continues the story of Pippin’s adventures and presents him with the challenge of making new friends. What was the inspiration for your story?
This story is loosely based on our real life experience of moving back to the city from a country property.
Aside from Pippin, what was your favorite character to write for in this book?
Blossom the possum, Pippin’s first friend in this book.
What is the most difficult part of your writing process?
Creating the initial story line concept.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Book 3 “Pippin’s Night-time Adventure” is now available as a New Release.
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Journey Home – A Cat’s Tale by Russell H. Plante is a beautiful, endearing story of a cat’s adventures to find its own path in life. Patches’ story begins at a small house where he lives with his mom. When his owners begin to deal with some serious economic drawbacks, he’s kicked out, forced to live as a stray cat, alone. In the streets, Patches learns a lot in a considerably short period of time. He makes some friends that are compassionate enough to help him out and accompany him, softening the sometimes harsh reality of living as a homeless cat: dogs, rats, birds and other cats, all of them bring a new sense of joy to Patches’ life, helping him to understand the meaning and beauty of it. All of these animals are presented as the most charming and delightful characters, it is entertaining meeting them and getting to appreciate each of their personalities.
Journey Home – A Cat’s Tale is an easy flowing and beautiful tale. Patches’ story is incredibly moving and endearing. The writing style is excellent, descriptive and entertaining. The story is told from Patches’ point of view, and the way it’s written makes it seem realistic. The many animals introduced feel like real people, they have emotions and deal with the crude realities that all of us have to face sometimes in our lives. They also have fun, support one another, and show what real friendship looks like.
The best part of this book were the life lessons shared through Patches’ storyline. This is a simple story that encompasses the meaning and beauty of life in an enjoyable way. Based on a real life story, readers will experience how difficult the life of a stray animal can be: finding food, shelter, making new friends, surviving and defending one’s life; all of it is presented in a very creative and engaging way. Even though the stories told are those of animals, readers of the book will also be able to relate to most of them, since these are universal life stories. All of the lessons that Patches’ is taught and the things that he reflects on, are things that we all deal with in our own lives and need to understand to have a better grasp of life as a whole, with its many intricacies and meanings.
This is a fascinating book with a thought-provoking story line that brilliantly portrays life, friendship and love. It is dedicated to those animals that are also our companions and can become a meaningful part of our family. This is a quick but engaging read that is filled with many life lessons that will remain with readers long after they put the book away.
Pages: 158 | ASIN: B01C83IQ0W
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Want a glimpse inside your dog’s head? Want to see what he’s thinking? If so, this is the book you need to read! Meet Rocket. He’s a bulldog Shih-Tzu mix that lets you into his world through what he writes. You can learn about his likes and dislikes as well as getting to know his mommy, daddy, Jojo and Dougie. It can get crazy sometimes because they have a full house, so it’s never dull. He walks you through his playtime, his walking, when his mommy gets irritated at him for chasing the cats, and so much more. Come look inside Rocket’s life, and you might wonder what your pet is thinking!
What Would Rocket Do is a cute book that will keep you entertained with various candid photographs and a charming story. Reading the part where Rocket’s mommy was watching Star Wars, and he says that he loves the Ewoks and Chewbacca and he loves Yoda because he believes that he would be able to understand animals was such an entertaining section to read. This is indicative of the delightful humor throughout this book. Author Kim Slone has done an amazing job conveying Rocket’s thoughts and ideas in a way that seems so much like what a dog would actually think about. The reader is able to connect with Rocket by getting an inside look at what Rocket is thinking and what made him love his life. There are photographs of Rocket on nearly every other page of this book that bring the story to life. The photos remind of an Instagram feed where it captures the day in the life of a dog. The author’s writing is clear and the story is smooth and definitely something you can read over quickly and be left smiling.
Pages: 125 | ASIN: B089GB9Y6M
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Did Jesus Die For Dogs? examines the relationship between nature and God’s salvation. Why was this an important book for you to write?
We miss so much when we ignore the full scope of salvation: understanding, joy, and purpose to name a few things. What I mean by understanding is, for example, we all know that Jesus was born in a manger. The focus in Christmas sermons is almost always on his humility. But, where else COULD he have been born? If he is the savior of the whole creation, it is only fitting that he be born surrounded by humans AND ANIMALS. The first Adam was born surrounded by plants and animals, the same needed to be true for the second Adam. The lyricist of “Joy to the World” understood this; when explaining the meaning of Jesus’ birth he wrote: “. . . let men their songs employ while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy. No more let sins and sorrows grow nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the Curse is found [the Curse being the twisting of the universe by sin].” He understood that the Messiah would bring in a renewed universe where the lamb would lie down beside the lion. The Curse would be lifted and Eden would return. Christ was messiah for the universe.
We miss joy because we miss God’s presence around us. The Gospel of John starts “In the beginning was the logos. . . “ Logos is usually translated as “word.” But to many if not most of John’s original audience, they would have read it in accord with popular stoic philosophy which used logos to refer to the rational structure of the universe. The very foundation of the universe became flesh. Johannes Kepler, founder of modern science and a Lutheran pastor, explained to an acquaintance that he studied science to understand the regularly repeated acts of God’s self-revelation. For Kepler, and biblically, each reflection on a body of water is placed there actively by God. Wind is God moving each molecule of air. All things hold together because God actively holds them together. The universe is not a machine wound up and now running on its own. In other words, God surrounds us and the whole world is holy.
And although I don’t draw these implications in the book, we miss purpose because we think only preachers and evangelists matter to the Kingdom of God. But this whole world is loved by God. We scratch God’s heart when we misuse creation. Global warming, plastic in the oceans, habitat reduction . . . how can Christians stand by and let what is loved by our Creator and Redeemer be decimated? Once we understand the depth of God’s love for bees, songbirds, frogs, polar bears, the need to defend them is obvious.
What do you feel is a common misconception people have about God’s salvation?
Certainly most Christians view salvation as a ticket out of hell and into an otherworldly eternal church service. The biblical picture is much different. Salvation is a never-ending process of being engulfed by the whirlwind of God’s creativity. God built a physical universe and we are physical parts of that universe. This universe, though twisted now, will be restored and become the arms of its creator wrapped around each one of us. God did not create us to live in an ethereal realm, that’s why, according to the Bible, the universe will be physically renewed and we will be physically resurrected.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?
Assurance that all parts of this creation matter to its creator. God will not lose what God has created. All will be restored. It is as true for critters as for people, “God is God of the living, not of the dead.”
This book certainly has an attention grabbing title. What was the inspiration behind the book’s title?
I’ve watched the sadness, almost despair, of believers who have lost a pet. The church seldom offers any consolation although it should because salvation embraces animals as well as people. I wanted to drive that home with the title. The subtitle “What does the Bible say?” lets readers know this is a study of actual scripture. Other authors have covered this material from a history of theology standpoint, but presenting the biblical picture is less common. I wanted to let the audience know that the Bible affirms the everlasting value of the relationships we form with animals.
We all know pets are one of the best parts of life, and owning one adds value to our time here on Earth. They bring us joy, comfort us in times of great sorrow, and help keep us on our toes. Were it not for pets, many of us would have long ago lost our sanity and given up on the mania of the world around us. Nowhere is this more evident than in the stories laid out for readers in Dr. Margit Gabriele Muller’s book, Your Pet, Your Pill: 101 Inspirational Stories About How Pets Lead You to a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life.
Dr. Muller’s book, Your Pet, Your Pill: 101 Inspirational Stories About How Pets Lead You to a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life, details the exceptional ways many pets impact the lives of their owners. These short stories are just the burst of hope many readers need in uncertain times. From horses to parrots, Dr. Muller covers it all and manages to bring out the most touching moments in each owner’s life with his/her pet.
As someone who recently suffered the sudden loss of a pet, I can easily relate to the ways in which the owners portrayed in Dr. Muller’s book cherish their pets as members of the family. This book was just the thing I needed to help put my time with Zac into the proper perspective. Much like many of the dogs described in the short chapters, Zac was a comfort to me in difficult times and seemed to understand my emotions. As a rescue pet, he was special to our family in many ways. Reading about others who have the same connection with pets of all types provides a unique kind of bonding experience for the reader.
Dr. Muller’s personal experiences are included in the book, and it is quite obvious that she has a deep love for all animals. Her writing is expressive and conveys a genuine kindness that is palpable to readers. There is no love like that given by a pet, and Dr. Muller reminds readers of that with every chapter.
I would highly recommend Your Pet, Your Pill as a gift for anyone who is facing the death of an older pet or has recently lost one. This book is a quick read and offers readers multiple opportunities to share in one feel-good moment after another.
Pages: 344 | ASIN: B08FBCL24M