What inspired you to write your memoir?
My book follows the path of our first family pet – from the day we brought him home to the night we said our final goodbye. It’s real, it’s raw, it’s a simple true slice of life about how it was in the late 1960′ s. As the world erupted in protests, free love and Beatles music everywhere, we went about our normal lives. It’s suburbia in the days of Erma Bombeck and the 1968 elections.
As we age, things change and people pass. Memoir is a way of holding onto the past and giving it a sort of timeless permanence. Books last.
About your Book:
In 1968, the world was watching Captain Kangaroo and Dark Shadows. In Ronkonkoma, Long Island life was simple and carefree. Shep – our German Shepherd-Collie – came along at just the right time.
For pet owners and pet lovers worldwide, no explanation is necessary. A good family pet becomes part of the family, part of the fabric of our lives. Its loss can be devastating – so we celebrate our lives together, and the important role these special dogs play in them. Relive the late 1960’s – their turbulent times, life in the suburbs, and an appreciation of a special time and a very special family pet.
Shep was the name of our family pet. What was yours?
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
My Pal Shep is on many venues but it started (and lives chiefly) on Amazon. I’ve got several memoirs and essays up there, including The World’s Worst Paperboy and Searching for Elvis as well as the new memory going up later this month, called The Book Store on the Lake. I find that i enjoy dipping into our rich past and audiences seem to enjoy the quiet break from my usual political or spiritual fare.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
Its hard to please family and friends as memories tend to be subjective, but i strove for accuracy. With fiction its a world that i create and so there are less objections from my (more personal) readers!
I’ve been writing for about 50 years now. Children’s books, poetry, novels, plays, essays,you name it.
When people are talking to me at a party and i’m nodding to show my listening skills? Yeah, sorry, merely writing in my head.