Maddy and Scooter: Unlikely Friends is a children’s book loosely based on my real life dog Maddy. This story describes how Maddy, the dog, and Scooter, the rabbit, at first do not get along. Scooter loves Maddy, but she just wants to be left alone. One day when the family is away, Scooter gets stuck and Maddy saves him and they realize they do miss each other and because of their differences they can be the best of friends.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a former teacher and live in San Diego, CA with my husband and dog.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had always envisioned staying home with my kids and being a children’s author. I learned I was pregnant in the summer of 2009 and did not return to teaching to have my baby and be a stay-at-home mom. I suffered a miscarriage in the Fall and needed an outlet to my grief. I threw myself into writing my book and getting it published.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
Trying to find someone to take on a new author or even take a look at your manuscript. I was just relentless and everyday tried to find someone to give me a chance.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I had always loved to write. I journal regularly and even won a writing contest in high school and got to meet the great grandson of Charles Dickens. I wrote for my school newspaper in college. I always viewed writing as an outlet and didn’t even think it could turn into a career.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I try to write something, whether it be blog entry or an article every day.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Don’t give up!
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I don’t think I would do anything differently. I believe everything happens for a reason.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
Children’s books of course! I do have quite a collection there, but I also love fictional adventure stories and self-help inspirational ones as well.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes. Right now it is called “Maddy Faces Her Fears.” Another adventure about Maddy and overcoming her fear of thunderstorms!
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Give it time. I write something whether it is my book or a blog and I go back and revisit it after a few days or even weeks. Sometime I just want to hurry and put something out there, but I go back and make sure that is how I want to say something and share with my readers.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Children ages 5-10
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?