I’m pleased to welcome Eve Marie Mont to Peeking Between the Pages today. She is the author of her debut novel called Free to a Good Home releasing tomorrow, July 6 and which I’m anxious to read and hope to be soon.
As you all know who visit my blog anything to do with a dog on the cover or inside the pages of a book is what I call one of my perfect reads. Besides which as Eve mentions in her first paragraph I think she and I pretty much hit it off right off the bat with our love of animals as Eve has a beautiful dog herself named Maggie which you will see in the pictures I’m going to share with you that Eve was nice enough to send. Anyhow, let’s get to Eve’s guest post in which she talks to us about her Inspiration for Free to a Good Home…
First of all, thanks so much to Darlene for inviting me to guest post on Peeking Between the Pages. When I first checked out Darlene’s blog, I knew I loved her taste in books and her fair and insightful reviews. I also fell hard for her adorable dog, Buddy, being a passionate dog lover myself and the mother of a spunky thirteen-year-old shelter pup named Maggie. So Darlene suggested maybe I could write about how Maggie helped inspire me to write Free to a Good Home.
Since the day my husband and I adopted Maggie twelve years ago, she has been an integral part of our lives. She’s experienced all our joys and sorrows right along with us, ready to offer support and love whenever needed. They say that petting an animal lowers a person’s blood pressure, and I know this must be true. I get an inordinate amount of pleasure watching her roll around on the grass in our backyard or trying to catch water coming out of the garden hose. The sight of Maggie eating bubbles is ridiculously funny. She is also my loyal sidekick throughout my writing day. At this very moment, she is sitting next to me on the loveseat, her head pressed against my left arm, almost preventing me from typing. (She does this on purpose to remind me to pay more attention to her.)
I had two really clear inspirations for Free to a Good Home: one was, of course, Maggie, and the other was my mother-in-law, Anne Mont, who just passed away this May after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The book centers on Noelle, a veterinary technician whose most steadfast relationship in her life is with her Great Dane, Zeke. In my real life, I am fortunate enough to have the most loving and supportive husband, but when I was writing the book, I asked myself, what if I suddenly didn’t? What if my husband left me? How would I cope? And the answer was, in part, through the unconditional love of my dog, Maggie.
Then I asked myself, what if Noelle was still so in love with her ex-husband that she would do almost any favor he asked? What if, for example, he asked her to take care of his ailing mother? Again, fiction diverges from truth because my mother-in-law, Anne, was the sweetest and most selfless person I have ever met; as someone described her at her funeral, she was “grace personified.” But her fictional counterpart, Margaret, is bitter and ornery, and she’s never liked Noelle. And once Noelle is chosen as her caretaker, Margaret resents her even more.
After I had these “What if?” questions in mind, the rest of the story fell into place. A new love interest entered the picture to complicate Noelle’s life, and along the way, Noelle got fed up with her constant doormat status and began to take charge of her life. When the book was finished, I revised and revised, then sent my query out to at least fifty agents, and crossed my fingers. Six months later, I had an agent, the amazingly savvy and supportive April Eberhardt at Kimberley Cameron and Associates.
And Maggie stayed by my side through all the rejections and self-doubt, through all the joys and triumphs. Sure, she is older now and suffers from arthritis, and her eyes are getting cloudy with age, but she still manages to act like a puppy at least once every day. While we still have her with us, I hope to keep learning from her how to live in the moment, play well with others, embrace life fully, and most of all, how to love unconditionally.
Please check out my National Pet Adoption Month contest on my website until July 18th for a chance to win a book club package of eight signed copies and a Skype call-in. Also, if you’d like to read a sneak preview of Free to a Good Home, click here.
Thanks so much for this wonderful guest post Eve. I love reading about how Maggie inspired you in the writing of Free to a Good Home. She is so beautiful! The above picture just takes my breath away!
About the Book
Noelle Ryan works as a veterinary technician at a New England animal shelter, helping pets find the perfect homes. If only it were as easy to find the same thing for herself. After discovering that she can’t have children—and watching her marriage fall apart after a shocking revelation by her husband—Noelle feels as forlorn and abandoned as the strays she rescues.
She can’t seem to get over her ex, Jay. Unfortunately, all Jay wants from her is a whopper of a favor: serving as a caretaker for his elderly mother, who still blames Noelle for the breakup. While Jay heads off to Atlanta to live the life of a bachelor, Noelle is left with only her Great Dane, Zeke, to comfort her. But when a carefree musician named Jasper gives her a second chance at life—and at love—Noelle comes to realize that home is truly where the heart is.
About the Author
I have one copy of Free to a Good Home by Eve Marie Mont to share with my readers courtesy of Eve. Thank you Eve! To enter…
- Leave me a comment with a way to contact you please for 1 entry.
- For 2 entries leave a comment about Eve’s post or share with us who your furkids are if you have any.
This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, July 24, 2010. Good luck everyone!