As engaging as a tail wag
Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favourite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humour we always knew our dogs possessed.
Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through ponderings such as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?”
A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by expressive portraits of our canine friends.
This book is a pure delight to read!
It is uplifting, positive and a pleasure to read and as a dog lover it warmed my heart, some made me laugh, some made me think, some made me smile inside.
No hesitation in giving this one 5 stars at all, I loved it!!
MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR!!
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I love to write and I always enjoyed and felt at ease expressing myself this way. The words I would say out loud resonate differently when I say them in my head – almost like music. I can “hear” what echoes right and what not.
Besides this, I need to write, as often as I can. If I don’t, I feel restless, like an overflowing dam – you can feel the tension in its strong, cement walls (if you dare touching them).
Being an author is more than just writing – as it requires commitment, planning and follow-up.
I knew I wanted to become a writer in my teen years, when I first read An Autobiography” by Agatha Christie. We are all unique individuals and our thoughts are a by product of our genetic code and our education and life experiences. And this is wonderful – as being yourself is all that is required in order to create original work. That and, perhaps, giving it 110%.
- What inspired you to write this book?
So far I have been fortunate enough to share my life with eight canines. Dogs are amazing! From the way they sleep (if humans would sleep like that none of us would ever marry!), to the various expressions they can show on their faces. Perhaps the best about dogs is that they wear their heart on their sleep and they always, always forgive us – and take us for what we really are, silly humans.
So I had to write a book about how dogs think, about what dogs think. It had to be poetry as I believe that, in their hearts, dogs are poets. J
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
Dog poetry and haiku – as engaging as a tail wag.
- What are you up to next?
Well, at this stage, this is a secret – just meaning that I am not yet comfortable sharing much. Yet, “what is much?”
Dogs can be funny, but, if you follow the world news, there are so many situations that men had put dogs through – and they came out of them making a world of difference and still waging their tails! This is how amazing dogs are! My next project is a novel involving extraordinary dogs in life-threatening situations.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
My bigger inspirations are my mother and my daughter. My mother, for the quality of her heart and the generosity of her actions. My daughter, for her outstanding perseverance, optimism and kindness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patricia Furstenberg came to writing through reading. She always carries a notebook and a pen, although at times she jots down her ideas on the back of till slips or types them on her phone.
Patricia enjoys writing for children because she can take abstract, grown-up concepts and package them in humorous, child-friendly ideas while adding sensitivity and lots of love. What fuels her is an exhilarating need to write and… coffee: “How many cups have had this morning?” “None.” “Plus?” “Five cups.”
Between her books you can find the beloved Joyful Trouble, The Cheetah and the Dog, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles.
She is a Huffington Post contributor and pens the Sunday Column for MyPuppyclub.net as well as dabbing in freelancing. After completing her Medical Degree in Romania she moved to South Africa where she now lives with her husband, children and their dogs.
Social Media Links
Author Website: http://alluringcreations.co.za/wp/
Huffington Post SA http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/author/patricia-furstenberg/