Emmalene’s on Amazon

Emmalene has a new cover

Emmalene’s new cover has a bigger drawing so it’s easier to see her when the book appears on Amazon’s website as a thumbnail image. I’ve been working on getting the site ready for her launch, which was set for October 5th on Kindle, and she’s also available in paperback. I used an Amazon template to help me make the paperback cover. The front for the Kindle version and the paperback is the same. The back has a short picture of me and a bio and a mini-summary of the book. It’s been fun getting everything together for the launch. There were lots of details to take care of before she was ready, but now that she is, I’m excited.

I hope you like reading about Emmalene and her pals Abbie and Bobby. Please let me know what you think. I love reading your comments. They help me become a better writer. And they help other people decide if they want to read Emmalene’s story too.

Emmalene, Behind the Scenes

                                 Where Do Stories Come From?     

     Sometimes an idea just pops into my head. That’s how the story Emmalene A Tiger’s Tale was launched. I was also thinking about a story I read when I was little, by Munro Leaf, about Ferdinand the bull.

In the story everyone looked at Ferdinand as a big strong bull and, given how he looked, thought he should be fierce. But Ferdinand just wanted to enjoy life and smell the flowers. That made me think about how we often make judgements about how we expect someone is supposed to act or be. In that way, Ferdinand was misunderstood and he became part of the inspiration for Emmalene.

I also wanted to write something about kids using their common sense to solve a problem that befuddled the adults. So I decided for my story, there would be two siblings, a tiger and some grownups. And after that, I just started to write and the story just poured out piece by piece.

     I also wanted to tell this story from different points of view. So there’s Emmalene’s problem – she’s just misunderstood like Ferdinand. For example, the villagers are frightened when they hear her roar, but she’s just using her loud tiger voice to say “good morning.”

     Another problem is that the villagers just assume that a tiger means trouble. And they scurry about trying to solve the “tiger problem” and get all tangled up in their assumptions.

     But Abbie and Bobby see it differently. Abbie sees Emmalene as an over grown kitty cat, just like Snowball. They’re curious to find out if that’s true for Emmalene. If it is, then maybe she just wants to be friends. So they go to check it out.

                           It’s Important to be Curious

     I’ve learned long ago that it’s important to be curious. When you find yourself in a situation or a conflict, it’s important to check it out and ask a question. Like, is this what you’re trying to tell me? Is this why you did that? Is this what you’re trying to get across? The answer may surprise you. It also might be different than what you expected. 

     So, I learned that, before I assume this or that be curious and ask a question. 

Launching Nice Dog Books

It seems like I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. First, it was to try to figure things out, with occasional poems and musings about this and that. Later came long descriptive letters to friends, and after that came stories.

When my kids were little, I’d tell them about imaginary creatures I named “The Griffleflix.” They inhabited my bedtime stories and I’d make up adventures on the spot, sometimes falling asleep in the middle of the telling. But their antics were always goofy and funny. I think my secret goal in life was to make my kids laugh.

So I decided to try to share my best stories with you and anyone who might enjoy them. I started with one of the more complicated ones about a tiger named Emmalene and decided to do my own illustrations. I feel my strengths lie more in the writing, but it’s also a lot of fun drawing, so why not? You’ll be the judge.

So this is the beginning of Nice Dog Books. Oh, the name came from my mom. When we’d go to visit, she’d always give our dog a pat on the head and say, “she’s a nice dog.” So I’m dedicating Nice Dog Books to my mom and mom’s everywhere. Because without them, where would we be?