What inspired you to write your book?
For several years, I volunteered at the small local animal shelter. Not only as a hands-on cage-cleaner, but I was also Membership Chair and wrote a weekly Paws Report for our small newspaper, mostly hoping to induce people to select a shelter cat or dog for their next pet. Many did.
About your Book:
When the flaming-orange tom was brought to the local animal shelter, he was messy. And he stank. That darn cat never took his eyes off me. They were not quite green and not quite yellow; they were round, and alert, and reflected light like precious stones set in orange gold. ‘Don’t even think about it,’ I told him. I already had two cats.
This is Pasha’s story. It is also the story of many shelter kittens this ‘mellow fellow’ helped me raise; as well as an account of some of the wonderful cats and dogs cared for at our shelter before they got their forever-homes. A few of the chapters may be sad. Most are heart-warming and happy. All are sure to entertain. And you don’t have to own a pet to enjoy them.
Book Genre: Cats, Dogs-Shelter Animals make Great Pets
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?
“Pasha” is non-fiction. Therefore, all I had to do was weave the threads together, especially since he helped me raise 34 foster-kittens (not all at once, of course).
Whereas with my fiction (especially historical-Ancient Egypt), the research was intense and often frustrating due to new findings and differing opinions of the experts. And one’s brain has to flesh out completely new characters, some of which you like, some of which simply don’t have any redeeming features (otherwise, the story gets too boring).
Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Don’t get on your soapbox. I did, cautioning of poisons and other dangers around the home. But I hope to have infused enough humor to ameliorate the tongue-lashings against the mistreatment of animals, often simply out of ignorance.
People love their pets. Make them adore the animals you write about.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
There was no decision to make to go with a traditional publisher or self-publish. Unless you are already a money-maker with a big name, neither an agent nor a trad publisher is interested. It’s that simple.
Amazon has been the savior of all those manuscripts that have languished in drawers for years because the trad publishers wouldn’t touch them (whether or not they were excellent). Unfortunately, that also opened the floodgates for all sorts of – well – drivel. It now falls to the discerning reader to separate the wheat from the chaff.
I not only published my five books through Amazon, but also Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. I also went the extra mile and re-formatted for Create Space to have my books in print. They do not only an excellent print job, but the cover is glossy, sturdy and looks great. I mostly do my own designs with Create Space walking you through the process; I learned a lot and now, it is fun and very satisfying to produce a professional looking product.
Born and raised in Austria, Inge H. Borg completed her language studies in London and Paris. Continuing her study of French, she worked at the French Embassy in Moscow. After Ms. Borg was transferred to the States, she worked on both coasts, and after several years of living in San Diego, she became a US citizen.
Ms. Borg now lives in a diversified lake community in Arkansas, where she continues to write historical and contemporary fiction. Her poetry has been published in over twenty anthologies and was chosen for professionally recorded readings.
Her hobbies include world literature, opera, sailing and, of course, devising new plots for future novels.
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