|Posted on January 30, 2016 at 12:55 PM|
Poodle Mistress is the story of my husband and me raising nine toy poodles in the first 27 years of our marriage.
I didn’t start writing this until about eight years after we had lost the last dog. Perhaps I had started it 30 years before that when I had a creative writing class. The assignment was to write a character description. I described one of the dogs as a person.
The article got set aside and I lost contact with my Muse. She found her way back into my life around 2008.
I decided to tell the story chronologically. I worked my way through the life-and-death cycle of nine dogs, their antics, their effects on us. I wondered how to end the book.
What did we do after the dogs? I chose the story of my husband building a house for the squirrels that we had been feeding for years.
I had learned where the directions were for a squirrel house and printed them out for him. One day I heard him pounding away in the basement. I went down to check on him. He was making a squirrel house. After he hung it on the tree in the front yard, we had much enjoyment watching the squirintrels.
I set up an author appearance in the area where my husband grew up. The librarian who was hosting me purchased two copies of the book, one for each branch. She read the book. She gave me a thank you gift the night of the appearance.
How surprised I was to pull some squirrel food out of the bag.
Oh yes, my small audience was so alive that night, asked a lot of questions, and laughed a lot. I also sold two books.
Now that I’ve piqued your interest, you’ll want to buy it. The book is available in both paperback and ebook, from the publisher iUniverse, also www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.