If you’re an animal lover then you know that the relationship between a kid and their pet is inseparable, monumental and never one-sided. It is a relationship that warms our hearts and stays with us forever. When we find that animal that speaks to our heart they become a part of who we are. We hear many stories of people who have found that one pet that is our best friend. Yet, there aren’t many stories from the pet’s perspective. That is why Jet-Forever Home is bound to be a great a touching story for readers of all ages.
First, let me introduce to, Lucy O’Farrell Carter, author of Jet-Forever Home. I had the opportunity to ask her some questions about her, her inspirations and just where the story of Jet came from. I was pleased to find out that Jet was inspired from her own childhood pet! Lucy said that Jet had touched her life in a way that she knew she wanted to share her story with the rest of the world. Here is what she had to say about Jet:
“Jet was a real-life puppy and it was she who inspired my first book for children. I knew I would have to document the very happy times we shared and when I met Nicola (the Illustrator) I was so impressed with her illustrations of wild-life and dogs I asked her if she would be interested in illustrating my book. Luckily she said yes! It has been a pleasure working with Nicola, and I think she has done justice to some of my most favourite memories.”
“Jet – Forever Home is a Christmas tale of hope and love and is based on a true story: my true story. Most of the characters are real but of course the story is fictionalised.”
AP: Tell me a little about yourself. (Family, Where you’re from, hobbies, etc.)
LC: I’m from Bradford, West Yorkshire in England. It’s a great place to live as it’s located in the middle of the UK – with easy access to everywhere. I live in the suburbs so it’s quite nice and not far from beautiful countryside or the sea.
I have very fond memories of growing up. It was very different back then and we had some great times on the estate that my grandparents lived on. Everyone looked out for each other and the kids played out until the street lamps came on. A big part of my life back then was our family dog: Jet. She was a real character and we had a very special relationship. I wanted to capture those times and share them with others.
Aside from writing I love music, photography and the 1960s era. I also work for two charities: The Sedbergh Youth & Community Centre and OCD-UK.
In fact if you buy my book from Amazon, a donation is made to the charity that helps people living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
AP: When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
LC: I started writing when I was very young; my stuff wasn’t much good but I enjoyed it. I loved reading Enid Blyton and especially liked it when my mum read to me at bed-time. ‘Just one more chapter mum!’
When my English teacher told my mum I was good at writing stories I decided I wanted to be an author.
Nothing really came of my ambitions especially when I discovered clubs and pubs and my interests went elsewhere for a while.
As well as writing I loved The Beatles. When all my peers were enjoying the New Romantic era my heart was with the Fab Four and after a visit to Liverpool in 1997 a whole new world opened to me – The Beatle Scene.
From there my writing interest picked up again when I started writing for The British Beatles Fan Club until a few years ago.
I started freelance writing as a sideline a few years ago and once my writing muscles recuperated I took a creative writing course and published my first book for children this November.
AP: What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?
LC: My writing process starts with an idea. I then plan my plot-line and fill in the gaps. Unfortunately I am a bit scatty and although most of my work is done on the computer I have idea-notes floating everywhere. I really should be more organised.
It’s nearly Christmas and JET the puppy has arrived at number three. All she’s ever wanted is a family to love and care for her, but so far she hasn’t been lucky. When she hears that a special visitor called Father Christmas is on his way she makes it her mission to meet him so she can ask him for her forever home. But will she succeed?
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