Angel Come Home – A Love Story. This is a love story about a dog with extraordinary powers of communication, the man who shares her world and a lost love. By a twist of fate, the dog enters the lives of the rich and famous, the criminal and the redeemed, where she learns their scandals and deepest secrets in parts of Paris few people know exist. Through her, the lives of all those she has touched are changed.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was raised in a little community called Homewood. I was the youngest of seven children. To escape the constant arguing would hide myself in a box and draw pictures with beautiful colors. An orange sky. A yellow tree with a rainbow of multicolor birds on the branches. Soon I was writing my stories of a fanticy world that grew to be my reality. My first story was written at the age of six. Angel Come Home is a part of my life’s journey with a happy ending, of course.
What inspired you to write this book?
Living in Paris with my dog, Angel, became an incredible journey. I read the book called, The Prince and it influenced me to always say “yes” to adventuresome situations. I therefor lived in the worst part of Paris and the most affluent part of Paris. I was encouraged to share my story by my inner voice that said, “Tell your story and give the money to the welfare of domestic animals everywhere.”
How did you choose the title?
I wrote twenty titles down and asked the twenty people who read my manuscript to choose the most appropriate title. Angel Come Home was the winner.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
My objective was to donate all of my profit to animal shelters therefore I published it myself. My difficulty was in getting the printing company that could do my book with the highest of quality for a reasonable price. There was only one and I am very pleased.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I’ve been writing all of my life, from the age of six. I would transfer my thoughts into words, whether by keeping a journal or by creating imaginary characters who came alive on paper. It was my youth’s journey. Writing is on of the ways I make sense of life.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I begin writing around 3 am and continue until 7 am.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
They appear in my mind and if they feel right then I choose the name.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I had the overwhelming satisfaction of creating something that brought joy to others and to myself. I didn’t realize how much we all need “joy” in our lives until the novel was completed and the twenty people who previewed the manuscript gave their opinions.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would put each days work on a SanDisk. I lost the first three chapters with the computer crash. I had to rewrite the chapters and from there on I would place all of the days work on the SanDisk for protection. But as it will be, some things happen for a reason. I changed the first chapter completely and also the last chapter which reflected the first. The novel was improved by this change.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I read books on dog training (new hobbie). I read books on information that is making life better for others from the information within. My favorite authors are Steinbeck, Conrad, Henry James, Hawthorn, Emmerson, Maya Angelou, Shakespeare, Charles Dickens. Most all of the classical writers.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes. It is a sequel for the book I wrote was purposely ended with a sequel in mind. The sequel will be more intense and suspenseful. Many of the same characters will continue in the sequel. One of the sub-plots will be the mysteries that are solved by the nine year old boy and his dog Angel.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Get an agent if you are going for a publisher.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
I have been told by my readers that the book is a family book and all ages would be interested. The first three chapters could hold the interest of a seven year old and as the chapters continue, only the high school age and adult would understand the dialogue and character’s motivation.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
I have a website: WWW.AngelComeHome.com where information about the book is found. There is also a theme song for the book. There are many reviews available on our website.