Friday, June 3, 2022

Virtual Book Tour: Wild at Heart by Cindy Rogers #blogtour #interview #childrensbook #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @MKWebsiteandSEO @farmwithcindy

 


Children's Book

Ros Webb (Illustrator)

Date Published: March 10, 2022

Publisher: BookBaby


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When Maybel, the country hound, wanders into Cindy's kitchen, she may just have been looking for food, but instead finds a lifelong friend. The duo finds adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Alongside fellow goats and horses, they munch on crusts of avocado toast by the beach in Santa Monica. It is a story of rescue, friendship, love and learning to stay wild at heart.


 




Interview

1. Introduce yourself and tell me about what it is that you do.

My name is Cindy Rogers, author of Wild at Heart, a book that grew organically from my experience of living on and owning a rescue farm in Blairsville, Georgia. On the farm we have 40 rescue animals we have taken on over the last 20 years. I also live part time in Los Angeles, where I raised my two now grown and married children, and my new baby grandson.

 

2. Tell me more about your journey and an author, including the writing processes?

Sometimes you feel called to be in connection with something or someone, like a mission. I feel it with my family, with my rescue animals, and I felt it in a special way with Maybel. I spent seven months in Georgia when Covid broke out. That is where the true story of Wild at Heart and Maybel the rescue dog, took place. In the beginning of the pandemic I was considering opening up my farm as a retreat center, particularly for wellness and yoga events. I envisioned it as a place where people could be in relationship with the animals, the gardens, and themselves. But Covid arrived and dashed this fantasy.

However there was this dog that kept hanging with the animals on my farm. She would be there, then she would be gone. One day, when I was hiking on the property, she started following me up and down the trails. She was sweet, and let me pet her, and given how dirty that left my hands, I knew she lived in the woods. But one day she came down to my house, so I let her in and fed her. That started the slow process of our relationship. She would come and go, but soon she was doing more staying, and I began to get attached. We were bonding and began our wonderful friendship.

I think I identified with her because I had been a bit of a wild child myself.

During those early pandemic months she was my constant companion, and I couldn't imagine leaving her behind when I received the joyful news that my daughter was expecting back in Los Angeles. So I decided to bring her with me, and build a life with her in Santa Monica with my family including my baby grandson Leo.

The writing of the book happened organically over the course of a year. I had never written a book before and it felt like such a heartfelt story that I needed to share. While researching illustrators I fell in love with the work of Roz Webb, who lives in Copenhagen. We worked together entirely online! What carried me through the process of edits, rewrites, and redesigns was my deep passion for this story, and the belief that children, parents, and grandparents alike could attach and fall in love with it.


3. Tell me about your Book (that you want to talk about) / Story (that you want to highlight)

The book is about a wild dog named Maybel who finds an unlikely home. It is a touching story about rescue, friendship, and staying wild at heart.

 

4. Book Genre

Non-fiction

 

5. Appropriate age for readers  

3-8 years

 

6. Any message for our readers

Friends can be anywhere you turn. And finding a home does not mean giving up your wild heart.

 

7. Any hashtags you would want me to use while promoting your book and Interview  

#grandparents, #parent, #rescue, #friendship, #animals, #school, #library


8. 5 or more quotes/oneliners from your book | P. 7 "Maybel was a wild hound dog with big ears. She could smell her way through the mountains, streams, and forest."

P. 19 "Maybel seemed so happy to have found a friend in Cindy [...] Cindy wished she could be her pet, but kept telling herself, 'Wild dogs don't become pets.'"

p. 41 "The dog from the wilderness became a well-trained, well-mannered California canine."

P. 45 "Maybel would always come over to Cindy and look at her with those big, beautiful, brown eyes. Cindy knew she was saying, 'I love you!'" 

P. 47 "Maybel has changed a lot from her beginnings[,...] But Cindy never forgets that a wild dog lives inside Maybel and the wilderness will always have an important place in her life."

Thank you so much! Please let me know if you have any further questions.

All the best,

Cindy Rogers




About the Author

Author of Wild at Heart, a book that grew organically from my experience of living on and owning a rescue farm in Blairsville, Georgia. On the farm we have 40 rescue animals we have taken on over the last 20 years. I also live part time in Los Angeles, where I raised my two now grown and married children, and my new baby grandson. 

Sometimes you feel called to be in connection with something or someone, like a mission. I feel it with my family, with my rescue animals, and I felt it in a special way with Maybel. I spent seven months in Georgia when Covid broke out. That is where the true story of Wild at Heart and Maybel the rescue dog, took place. In the beginning of the pandemic I was considering opening up my farm as a retreat center, particularly for wellness and yoga events. I envisioned it as a place where people could be in relationship with the animals, the gardens, and themselves. But Covid arrived and dashed this fantasy. 

However there was this dog that kept hanging with the animals on my farm. She would be there, then she would be gone. One day, when I was hiking on the property, she started following me up and down the trails. She was sweet, and let me pet her, and given how dirty that left my hands, I knew she lived in the woods. But one day she came down to my house, so I let her in and fed her. That started the slow process of our relationship. She would come and go, but soon she was doing more staying, and I began to get attached. We were bonding and began our wonderful friendship. 

I think I identified with her because I had been a bit of a wild child myself. 

During those early pandemic months she was my constant companion, and I couldn’t imagine leaving her behind when I received the joyful news that my daughter was expecting back in Los Angeles. So I decided to bring her with me, and build a life with her in Santa Monica with my family including my baby grandson Leo. 

The writing of the book happened organically over the course of a year. I had never written a book before and it felt like such a heartfelt story that I needed to share. While researching illustrators I fell in love with the work of Roz Webb, who lives in Copenhagen. We worked together entirely online! What carried me through the process of edits, rewrites, and redesigns was my deep passion for this story, and the belief that children, parents, and grandparents alike could attach and fall in love with it.


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