1- Hello Pamela, can you please tell us a bit about you?
I grew up in Plano, Texas. And graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Business in 2005.
My love of animals started at a very young age. As a child, I was constantly bringing home stray dogs and injured birds.
As an adult, my love of animals has only grown stronger. I have worked in numerous pet hotels as a dog trainer and I’m certified to teach pet first aid and CPR. All my experience with pets culminated four years ago when I found and raised an abandoned litter of day-old kittens. Not able to part with any of these now-grown babies, I enjoy going home to her “little munchkins” every night. This experience gave me the inspiration for my series debut, Megan’s Munchkins.
I will always have a special affinity with Megan because of their shared experiences. I truly believe there are few experiences in life more compelling than saving the life of another being. I want to teach children proper pet care with the Megan’s World series.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
I want my books to be entertaining, but I put realistic growing in situations and pet care information in the books. The series is designed to teach children about the work that comes with having a pet.
3-How do you describe the “Megan’s World” series in few words?
Megan isn’t the typical boy-crazy teenager, but her love of pets has her motivated to learn all she can about them. She taught herself how to save and successfully raise the abandoned litter of kittens she found. She then starts a successful pet sitting business so she would have money to continue caring for her beloved kittens. After pet sitting for the vet’s capuchin monkey and seeing the inner workings of a vet office, Megan is considering study veterinary medicine.
4- Where do you think your work is making an impact?
My work has impacted both parents and children. The parent appreciates that my books teach lessons about growing up and proper pet care. The children love the entertaining stories and the realistic animal antics. The children don’t realize they are learning valuable pet care information since they stories entertain as much as teach.
5- Do you think, writing for kids is an easy task?
I find writing for children easier than writing for adults. Since writing has been a passion for me since I was little, I still find it easy to come up with ideas that will entertain children. I’m able to put myself in my character’s situation and come up with a solution that is realistic for the characters age. I love that children’s books allow me to use my imagination.
6- What the word “Pet” means to you?
The word pet means so much more to me than the dictionary’s definition which is a domestic or tamed animal kept for pleasure. To me, pets are defined as my furry babies, best friends, and most trusted confidants. My pets are important family members who I can’t imagine a life without.
7- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see myself with both my middle grade and picture book series having several volumes published and selling well. I will be traveling to libraries and schools sharing my love of pets with young readers.
8- What can you tell young creative authors who are pursuing their dreams?
Do your research. Take your time learning the self-publishing business before you publish your first book. Then once your book is published, never stop learning. Keeping up with the latest developments is the only way you will keep your books in front of your audience.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
I have lots of things to be excited about at the moment. I just completed my first radio interview with Artist First Radio Network. I’m outlining and writing rough drafts of future books for the Megan’s World series as well as developing a picture book series, Sonny the Wonder Dog. The first book in the series will be Sonny from Outer Space. Aliens from the planet Dogstar send Zonny to Earth to scope out food and fuel supplies. While on Earth, Zonny takes the form of a Shih Tzu dog named Sonny. He is accepted into a young girl’s home. However, not being able to say anything but ‘woof’ is a challenge for him. Will his true plan and identity be revealed?
10- The last word or final thoughts?
My first picture book, Sonny from Outer Space, is coming out June 21, 2018. My Megan’s World series will continue as well this summer. The fourth book in the series, Megan’s Birthday will be released on July 17th.
Visit my website www.pamelafoland.com for all the latest news.