Thursday, August 15, 2013

Author Interview – Tricia O’Malley

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Can you tell us about your main character? I’m the main character. I’d really say she’s almost like a super woman!  Ha. I kid. Determined and vulnerable.

Who designed the cover? My husband designed the main cover. We then went to a graphic artist (Littera Designs) to complete the final layout of the cover. It is exactly what I wanted. All the other dog books are brightly colored and  warm/fuzzy. This isn’t a fuzzy story. Well, it might make you feel fuzzy at the end. But it is gritty up until that point. Black and white suited it. We stayed with the dog picture on the cover as that lets people know somewhat of what they are getting into right off the bat.

Who is your publisher? Me, myself and I. I did this and am incredibly proud of it. It took a lot of research and some confidence. I am happy with the outcome. The print book came out wonderfully.

Why did you choose to write this particular book? Frankly, it is a wonderfully story. Shocking, engaging, and educational at the same time. People keep coming up to me to tell me that our story has made them better dog owners. I like knowing that.

I’ve also been involved in other stolen dog cases since that time. I found myself growing frustrated at times when the owner wanted to give up or didn’t want to work as hard as we did. But I can’t make those decisions for them. This book allows me a platform from which I can help others without becoming directly involved in every stolen dog case. It is too hard for me emotionally.

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.

 

The Stolen Dog

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Genre - Pets/Narratives/Essays/Breeds/General

Rating –PG-13

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Website www.thestolendog.com

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