What was the hardest part about writing this book? Reliving it. I don’t think that I had a chance to process my emotions during the time he was gone. How scared I was and how threatened I felt by the death threats and the constant abuse. It came out when I was writing it. It was good for me.
How do you promote this book? Like the hustler that I am.
In all seriousness, I developed a very specific platform for this book as it has a very specific message. I chose to create a website: www.thestolendog.com. I wouldn’t advise authors to create a website specifically for a book unless they are trying to create a platform around the story. The goal of my website is to offer resources to others in this situation and to raise money for animal rescues. It helps to have a spot to direct people to. Additionally, readers can interact with me by sending me pictures of their dogs and can watch videos and see pictures of Briggs and Blue there.
Will you write others in this same genre? I hope not! Unless someone else asks me to write their true story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Absolutely. This book is about not accepting your fate. Not accepting that life made you a victim or life handed you a crap deal. This book is about manifesting your desires and changing your course for better.
How much of the book is realistic? 100%. Some people don’t believe it when they get to the psychic stuff but it is absolutely the truth.
What are your goals as a writer? I want to expand my reach. Stretch my writing muscles. Now that I’ve had the experience of publishing, I sense that it can be addicting. I’ve already outlined a few books and I look forward to seeing where my creativeness takes me.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not yet, but if The Ellen Show calls, I will!
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Absolutely. The genres may be far different which my readers may struggle with a bit. But if they like my voice, hopefully they will be willing to read it.
Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself as a writer, but I also see myself as helping other authors to self-publish. Whether that will be through consulting or through my company, Park & Stowell Publishing, we will see. I also have a strong techy/marketing side and have a website and an app in development.
I also like to help others realize their dreams – be it from helping small businesses learn the online marketing landscape to working on web designs.
The beauty of it all is that I am constantly being creative and for that I am eternally grateful.
Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? I’m reading James Altucher’s Choose Yourself and Gregg Levoy’s Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life. You could say that I am in a spiritual growth phase.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? Nanowrimo. Sit your butt in the seat and write.
Kindle Boards Writer’s Cafe – start talking to other authors.
APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki.
What contributes to making a writer successful? Define success. I consider any writer that finishes their book and publishes it as being successful. But if you are talking monetarily? I’d say the relentless ability to promote and to ask. You’ll never know if they will run an article on you unless you ask. Ask, ask again, and ask some more.
Do you have any advice for writers? Finish your book. Write another one. Be proud of yourself.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Read. Ha! I work on a computer screen for hours and then will read to unwind. I also love, love, love to travel, and am always trying to plan for the next trip. I spend time with the dogs. Animals are therapeutic. Everyone should have one. I like to check out live music, off the beaten path restaurants, and enjoy a fresh cocktail on a sunny patio.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? That I can choose myself. I can effect change. I can make something good come from bad.
When Briggs, a Boston terrier, is stolen from his family's deck and shoved into a waiting car, a chain of events unfold that shakes the city. The Stolen Dog follows Tricia and Josh, Briggs' owners, as they fight a force unknown, enduring death threats, psychic interventions, false leads, fake set-ups, and the threat of dog fighting. A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of love, fearlessness, and hope — a captivating view of the best and worst of humanity — The Stolen Dog will make you hug your pets closer.
A portion of all proceeds will be donated to animal rescues.
The Stolen Dog is a true story.
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Genre - Pets/Narratives/Essays/Breeds/General
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