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Self-publishing Outskirts Press author Jenepher Field is taking her own book, Watch Where You Step: Going to the Dogs on a virtual book tour so you can learn more about her and her journey. Jenepher will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so stay tuned to learn more.
Jenepher took some time out to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we could give you a sneak peek at the man behind Watch Where You Step: Going to the Dogs.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Watch Where You Step: Going to the Dogs. What is it about?
JF: “You have to retire to something, not retire from something” was a favorite saying of Jenepher Field’s husband, Louis. So when the time came for him to retire from his successful orthopedic practice in Eastern Washington State, ideas and plans flew back and forth between the two of them. Jenepher little dreamed that they were about to start on a new career together, one for which they both had had little experience. But that didn’t stop these two. They moved to the country, bought farm land, built a new house and went on to plan, design and build a boarding kennel that would hold as many as 70 or more dogs and a dozen or more cats. Watch Where You Step: Going to the Dogs is the story of their struggles and successes, and of the ways in which they evolve and grow. They learn to expect the unexpected as they cope with unplanned issues including septic systems, flash floods, unreliable employees, irrational pet owners and pets that could open doors and visit them before breakfast time. If Louis was to get a tractor and train his hunting dogs, then Jenepher needed a computer and a trio of Welsh Corgis to escort her down the lane to the mailbox. Even after 17 years, both the kennels and the couple are going strong and looking for new steps.
OP: Why did you decide to write this book?
JF: I wanted to write about the story of how we planned, built and still run Sagemoor Kennels here in Washington State. What was more, I wanted to write about the pets we boarded and loved, about what it was like to not only change careers, but to change lifestyles and to live in new places. Louis had grown up farming in Kansas and I had moved from New Zealand to the U.S. These are some of the themes of change and taking steps in new directions that flow throughout this book and give readers new challenges and ideas.
OP: How did you get your book published?
JF: I contacted a few editors and agents before deciding that Outskirts Press offered me the most control over what I wanted from this book.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
JF: Readers who enjoy reading about how others live and make choices. People who have pets and have boarded those pets will enjoy the story of what goes into the planning, building and running a boarding kennels. Other readers will enjoy the story of two people making career changes and the impact these have on their relationship.
OP: What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
JF: This book falls into the category of Memoir. Not many memoirs are about two people who head into retirement as the owners of boarding kennels for dogs and cats, especially when those two knew little about running a business. But they do it successfully from the first ideas to the fulfillment of those ideas. It is not a “how to do it” book but a “how we did it” book.
OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
JF: Yes, I have published one other book The Cloth Covered Notebook That Contains my Mother’s Story, which is about my mother, who was born and brought up in England until she met my father, a New Zealander. Both were medical doctors and my mother moved out to New Zealand to live and raise their two children, one of whom is me.
OP: Thanks for your time, Jenepher! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
Jenepher Field was born and raised in New Zealand, and was educated in New Zealand, England, and the United States. She holds degrees in history, applied behavioral science, and clinical psychology. She has worked in bookstores and libraries, as a technical editor, as a secretary, and as a mental health counselor. Her longest-term job has been that of wife and mother. Jenepher is married to Louis Field, a native of Kansas. After extensive education in the States and abroad, Louis settled into an orthopedic surgery practice in Washington State, where he and Jenepher would later establish Sagemoor Kennels. Jenepher has had a lifelong passion for the written word; early in life, she experienced the controversy good writing can inspire, when at age 7 she was given an “F” for her essay “My Pet Monkey,” describing a pet she didn’t actually have. While this experience was discouraging, Jenepher’s life circled back around to her love of writing; at every opportunity, she writes poetry and short stories, and she is working on two historical novels.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/watchwhereyoustep
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