What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.
My Hare Line and the Dead Pine Tree, my third book in a series about my bunnies, was released in 2010. This book is fiction and is written from the bunnies’ point of view. His name is Rascal, and he realizes that a pine tree that is in his pen is dead. He tries to get Mr. and Mrs. Warden to see that it is dead, but they don’t understand Rabbit. He takes action to protect him from being hit by the falling tree. I use photos that we have taken to help tell his story.
Tell us something about yourself.
I live in Bainbridge, GA, and grew up on a farm nearby in a Mitchell County. I retired after working twenty-five years in banking and eight years as an office manager. My husband gave me a bunny for Easter in 2003, and we had so much fun observing them and photographing them. I decided to write about these lovable pets. My first book, “My Hare Line” and second book, “My Hare Line Meets the Brown Rabbit” were published in 2009.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had never had a pet, and I learned so much from the bunnies. I didn’t know that bunnies pull their hair out to make a soft nest for the babies. I did not know the babies are born without hair, but they are born with teeth. It occurred to me that other people might not know about them, as well. So, I thought my story should be shared with others.
How did you choose the title?
The stories are about bunnies, and I chose the title “My Hare Line” sort of as a play on words. It’s catchy. I feel the Lord gave me the title since it just came to me.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
It took a while to find a publisher who wanted to publish my story. I mailed manuscripts out three times to publishers. The most frustrating thing is waiting and often not hearing any thing back from them.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I knew because I enjoyed writing in school. After I retired, the desire to write returned, and I acted on it by writing what I knew about – my bunnies.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
To begin with, when I named my bunnies I used names that I have read about bunnies being named. I used names like Peter Rabbit, Jack and Flopsey. I had no idea at that time that I would write a book. I was unable to use the name Peter Rabbit in my book because it was already used.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
It’s hurry up and wait. I am not patient, and you would think the experience would have taught me patience, but I believe it failed. The most difficult think for me has been, marketing. I did not realize that I needed to get out there and sell my books. I was naïve enough to think that when the book was published it would automatically be in all the bookstores. Big Shocker.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I have a fourth book in the series at my publisher and we are in the editing process. The title is “My Hare Line and the Hat.” The main character is Rascal. In the third book the pine tree really did snap and fall just like Rascal had feared. In this story he is asked by his friend, Brownie, “Did anyone escape while the fence was down?” This caused Rascal to make an interesting discovery about a member of his family.