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Please welcome Laura Marchant, author of Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter! Thank you so much for answering my questions, your experiences with your canine clients and Brece sound like they’ve made an inspirational read, along with plenty of laughs and warnings!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I wanted to share my passion with others and also talk about the many highs and lows that the humble pet sitter faces. I think people would be surprised at the hurdles that are encountered on a daily basis. I also wanted my observations of the pack mentality to be heard. I have spent a great deal of time watching and learning from our friend the dog, and I think this qualifies me to make some unique points about their behaviour. But I think most of all I want my story to reach young people who may be thinking about a career working with animals, dogs in particular. Perhaps it would be good for these children to learn just how rewarding such a career could be, but also at the same time, how challenging. I feel sorry for people who are not fond of dogs, in my opinion these people are missing out on such I lot. If I can reach young children and share may passion, then perhaps the child wont reach adulthood feeling dismissive of dogs!
What is your writing process?
I gather my ideas when I am out walking with the dogs, I watch their behaviour and make mental notes. Watching them also sparks memories for me, funny things that have happened in the past that may be worth writing about.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
Both. I draft a plan on paper, transfer to the computer, then add the detail.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
It has to be my own dog ‘Brece’. If it wasn’t for her my job as a pet sitter would have been far more difficult. She was such a strong willed, dominant Golden Retriever, which is unusual in the breed.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
Some of the characters are the real names and some are invented. Of the invented names I try to pick imaginative names that the reader may warm to. I think this helps them to get on board with the character. In my opinion If the reader likes the name there is more chance they will warm to the character.
Here’s more information about ‘Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter’….
Hilarious and heart warming true stories of a Pet Sitter.
Laura takes us on her journey describing the immense joy that the animals have brought into her life. But it’s not all fun and games. With sometimes as many as ten dogs around her home, things can get a tad hectic. Not to forget the every day challenges faced in keeping the pets happy and safe when out walking. Luckily she is not alone in her quest; her unusually dominant Golden Retriever ‘Brece’ is always by her side. Brece earns her keep by convincingly playing the part of the alpha female, ensuring harmony amongst the pack.
At times, the responsibility that Laura faces becomes overwhelming. She may think she has everything covered but that hand of fate could quite easily swoop down, creating havoc for her and the dogs. Laura has endured many close calls and teetered on the precipice of disaster may a time. The longer she continues with her pet sitting enterprise, the more likely hood that total disaster will actually strike. Is she tempting fate?
Laura Marchant is the Bridget Jones of the pet sitting world!
Author Bio –
Laura Marchant was born in 1959 in the seaside resort of Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England. Both her parents were born in the same town, so not exactly a family of intrepid travellers! As a child Laura and her siblings were fortunate enough to own shares in the families pets. Unbeknown to Laura at the time, her love for the animals formed the blueprint for a large part of her life. In 2011 she finally found her vocation, and in the comfort of her own home, set up a pet boarding business. For the next 7 years she shared her abode with a pack of dogs. A lot of this time was spent watching over the animals and observing their behaviour, which in turn inspired her to write her first novel ‘Trials and Tribulations of a Pet Sitter’.
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