I’d like to introduce you to a special author. I met her in person at a book event last fall and loved the title of her book…who doesn’t love beagles and blueberries!
I offered to let her share her book on my blog and so here she is…take it away, Debbie!
Thank you, Wanda for the opportunity to connect with your audience. My first children’s book, Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street, entertains and inspires both kids and adults. Available for Kindle and in paperback, the book was released by Elk Lake Publishing in March of 2019. Elementary media specialists are purchasing copies for their school libraries and teachers enjoy reading the story aloud to their students. Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street is a fiction chapter book for ages six to nine, and includes questions for classroom discussion.
The story begins when an older couple, Henry and Jen, visit a rescue facility and adopt a young beagle. The little dog encounters problems when he arrives at his new home on Blueberry Street. First, Henry changes his new pet’s name to Buddy. Then he employs a no-nonsense dog trainer to teach Buddy the rules of the house. If that wasn’t enough, the little beagle is bullied by a huge Doberman at the neighborhood park. One day Buddy’s curiosity results in a tragic accident that leaves him partially paralyzed. Buddy’s condition requires surgery and long-term physical therapy. Henry and Jen go the extra mile to help their little beagle walk again. Buddy’s determination encourages readers to never give up when trying to overcome a challenge.
The inspiration for the book came from my own experiences with my pet beagle, who suffers from degenerative disk disease. A sequel, Return to Blueberry Street, is scheduled for release by Elk Lake this August. In this book Buddy leads his canine companions on a mission to track down a bandit suspected of stealing all of the dog treats on Blueberry Street.
My Personal Story
My journey as a writer began with the daily routine of keeping a prayer journal. Over the years, my journal became a spiritual retreat from the stressful responsibilities of teaching elementary school. After retiring, I embarked on a quest of self-discovery. A book, The Creative Call, by Janice Elsheimer encouraged me to seek God to discover my gifts. I felt a calling to write poetry. Within a few months, I joined Word Weavers International and began attending critique groups. Eventually, several of my poems were published in Time of Singing, a Journal of Christian Poetry. I share my poetry on my website where I also blog about my three passions: camping, travel, and dogs.
In 2018 I attended the Florida Christian Writers Conference where I met Deb Haggerty, editor of Elk Lake Publishing. Deb introduced me to Michelle Lazurek, an agent with WordWise Media Services. These two special people helped make the publication of Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street a reality. Artist, Jenny Laskowski illustrated the cover of the book. Her artwork encourages children to discover the answer to an important question: “Why is that dog wearing those red shoes?”
As an author, I enjoy visiting elementary schools to speak to students about the importance of literacy. During my interactions with teachers and students, I stay in touch with the many challenges facing the youth of today. In my books, I want to develop relatable characters which engage children and encourage empathy for others.
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