How long does it take to write a book?
Each book is slightly different, depending on how long the idea has been rolling around in my head. Some stories are almost completely formed in my head so don’t take very long at all, just a few days; some stories are just an idea in there and so take two or more weeks; and some are a beginning and an end but have no middle, so take about a week.
How do you think of the book titles?
The first book – Sir Archibald Droolsalot – Big Dog Blues – the title just made sense based on the story. After that, I wanted to keep the titles similar as the books are a series, although the stories each stand alone. Also, I do love alliteration!
How do you get the ideas for the books?
I’m inspired by what children say and do. I always look on the bright side of any situation and weave in a message of positivity into my stories. I hope my young readers find the stories uplifting and insightful.
What is your favorite part of the stories?
My favorite part is the friendship between Archie and Bricky. They are so different and yet they have such a strong friendship. Very much like people, children in school often make friends with other children who are totally different from themselves, but those friendships can last a lifetime. In Book 1 – Big Dog Blues there is a positive message about bullying; then Book 2 – Sir Archibald Droolsalot – Big Dog Drools – Archie and his friends discover that you don’t have to be the same, sound the same or look the same to be friends and help each other.
What is the most difficult part of writing the stories for you?
Ensuring that the message comes across in a positive and non-preachy way, and be delivered at the children’s level. I want them to enjoy the books, learn something new and be positively impacted.
In your bio you say that Archie is a rescue dog. Is he your first rescue?
No, Don and I have had two other rescue dogs over the years. I have always had dogs in my life, and I love them all. All breeds, all sizes, but I have to say my favorites are the larger dogs, but they are all such fun and so loving.
How did Archie inspire you?
He is a character, and yes, he does drool a lot! I just wanted to have a good literary use for all that drool. The other dogs in the stories are all based on real dogs I know.
Have you always wanted to be an author?
It has always been in the back of my mind; in fact I have quite a few different genre of stories on my computer. However, having two grandchildren now, aged 7 and 4, they have inspired me to pursue this dream.
Are there any more Sir Archibald stories to come?
Absolutely. The third book is with the illustrators at the moment and has been through the editing process. There are more written and lots of ideas in my head too!