This has truly been a labor of love for me, something I've wanted to do since I was about thirty but always put it off with the excuse that I just didn't have time. Finally retiring from work, I had no more excuses and put myself in full writing mode and went to work.
Being a huge animal lover and rural lifestyle kind of guy, I decided to write about something I truly love: animals. For subjects I have used my pets and farm animals as well as some of the little critters in the nearby woods who frequently come calling looking for a free meal. Entitled Honey, We Shoulda' Bought The Ark, the book tells in my own words about the lives and happenings of all of God's creatures who live with, and around, my wife and I in our "little piece of Heaven" we call home. It's an easy read, about 200 pages in length. When published it will be listed on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and with Spring Hill Christian Distribution.
While the book is written for adults, I think it offers a great opportunity for reading by parents and children together. Most of the chapters are either short enough or so sub-divided that it could easily be broken down into a series of bedtime sessions. And with the adult vocabulary being used, it offers parents the opportunity to define new words for their children as they go, thereby expanding their vocabulary.
The real life stories told feature horses, dogs, cats, birds, a ferret and even a few wild critters. It tells it the way it is--no fluff or fancy stuff--just a picture of they way things actually happened.
I am so blessed to live in a place where I can have these animals and witness them and their outside friends in action. And I am also blessed that God gave me the ability to use the written word to show my love for His gifts to us.
I guess it's true that we're never too old to learn a new trick. This has been a wonderful learning experience and I eagerly anticipate seeing my first copy in print. I hope to follow on with more work after a short break, probably going into a new genre next time around.
I'll keep all of my friends abreast of the production schedule and will keep my fingers crossed that others find the same joy in reading it that I did in its writing. God bless you all.