What inspired you to write your book?
When my then 11-year-old son’s book “Christopher Bullfrog Catcher” was published, I talked with him about making it into a series of pet care books. He agreed, and I began taking notes for him on different pet care books to write.
He was again published at age 15 with “Just Chris,” a companion book to my memoir “Son of My Soul – The Adoption of Christopher,” and at that point decided that he wanted to put his efforts and energy into music and photography.
Time passed, I continued to gather notes, and then my friend of many years, Michael Burke, owner of the Yahoo groups Tielfriends and Tielchatter, died suddenly.
The day I found out, I dug out all of my notes, asked my son’s permission to continue the series, and wrote “Christopher Meets Buddy.” The book is dedicated to my friend.
About your Book:
Nine-year-old Christopher decides that he wants a pet parrot for his birthday. In this charming tale, Christopher and his mother learn how to properly take care of a pet bird.
Complete with full color graphics, “Christopher Meets Buddy” will soon become one of your child’s and your favorite books.
Book Genre: Pet Care
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print
How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
I don’t really see the writing of a pet genre book different from others. If it’s fiction, you develop your story, and if not, you make sure that what you are writing is correct, as in a “how to care for book” such as mine.
In all genres, integrity, respect for the reader and the profession should always guide your pen.
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Research, research, research. Then have fun.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
The paper back version of “Christopher Meets Buddy” is through Saga Books, which has been my publisher for over ten years. Saga no longer publishes through KDP, and so my eBooks are represented by Red Road Books.
Debra Shiveley Welch was born in Columbus, Ohio and has lived in the Greater Columbus area all of her life. She now resides in Central Ohio with her husband, Mark, and their son, Christopher, also a traditionally published author.
Debra is an Amazon Best Selling Author of 14 books and the recipient of the FaithWriter’s Gold Seal of Approval, Books & Authors Award of Excellence recipient, Books & Authors Best Non Fiction Book – 2007, AllBooks Reviews Editor’s Choice 2010 and Books & Authors Best Native American Fiction 2011. Her books include: “Cedar Woman,” her solo novel, made its debut in December of 2010 and recounts the story of a daughter of the Lakota Sioux who opens the first Native American restaurant in Central Ohio and won Books & Authors Best Native American Fiction 2011; four time award winner “Son of My Soul – The Adoption of Christopher” released during November, National Adoption Month in 2007 and a Best Seller on Amazon within the first week of its release and soon to be available in audio; “A Very Special Child,” an award winning Best Seller on Amazon America and in English at Amazon Japan. “Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams,” Debra’s first novel, co-authored with Linda Lee Greene, an Amazon Best Seller as well.”Christopher Meets Buddy,” a children’s book about the proper care of a pet bird, is the second book in the Christopher Series. Printed in full color, it is an excellent guide if you are considering buying a pet bird.
All are available through Amazon in Kindle or paperback and your major book stores.
To view her other works, visit her author page on Amazon.
Currently Debra is working on “Spirit Woman,” a sequel to “Cedar Woman,” “Christopher’s Family Table,” a companion cook book to “Son of My Soul – The Adoption of Christopher” which she is co-authoring with her son, “My Cousin My Son – A Story of Adoption, Motherhood and Kinship,” a sequel to “Son of My Soul,” and “Heads Are Gonna Roll,” an ambitious tale weaving English history, reincarnation and murder.