Author Interview – Wendy Andrew – How To Recover From Pet Loss
Tell me a bit about who you are.
I am Wendy Andrew and I’m the pioneer behind The Scottish Pet Bereavement Counselling Service and creator of How To Recover From Pet Loss. I assist pet owners in healing from the devastating loss of their companion animals. Pixie the Pomchi, my dog, lives with me in Glasgow.
When did you first WANT to write a book?
Like many others, I think I’ve always wanted to write a book. I previously became mindful of the capacity of books to share a message was the point at which I read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee at school. That truly engaged me even in those days. It’s great to be able to say that I’m an author now because I’ve read so many inspiring books throughout my life.
When did you take a step to start writing?
I have been a blogger for various years however I began composing my most memorable book in June 2020. Everything happened very quickly.
How long did it take you to complete your first book from the first idea to release?
What made you want to write How To Recover From Pet Loss?
The Pandemic. During this time of financial uncertainty and social restriction, my book “How To Recover From Pet Loss – Supporting You On Your Journey To Acceptance” was written as a low-cost alternative to counseling. I was extremely mindful of individuals losing their positions, all or part of their pay and not approaching their standard encouraging groups of people of family, companions and colleagues so it turned out to be vital to me to do something to allow individuals to know that help was as yet accessible and open.
What were your biggest challenges with writing How To Recover From Pet Loss?
My greatest obstacle was getting started because everything was new to me and overwhelming. I was going to make a fantasy a reality. Because I know I’m terrible at putting things off, I signed up for Dr. Emee Vida Estacio’s “Self Publishing Made Simple” course and her “Get It Done” challenge. My companion Julie Leonard is a Holistic mentor and was thinking of her book ‘Purposeful Joy’s simultaneously so it was great to have that help to keep me engaged, on target and responsible.
What was your research process for How To Recover From Pet Loss?
Because it is a non-fiction book, the majority of it was based on my own knowledge and experiences.
How did you plan the structure of How To Recover From Pet Loss?
It was very important to me that my book have a clear structure and use logic because it deals with a very emotional subject. Chapter by chapter, we go over each stage or emotion that people who have lost a pet go through. Next, we talk about “How to support children” and “How to support other people,” and the last chapter looks at some of the healthy coping mechanisms I use with my clients. I believe it is essential to provide readers with a robust yet simple structure and to walk them through their grief journey at a time when people are experiencing a great deal of distress and confusion.
Did you get support with editing, and how much editing did How To Recover From Pet Loss need?
My friend M.J Martin writes horror fiction and she edited my book.
What is the first piece of writing advice you would give to anyone inspired to write a book?
I would prompt anybody who wants to write a book to do it. On the off chance that you have a message to share or a story to write, get it done. Try not to fear your first draft; There are always tweaks to be made, and no one is satisfied with their initial draft. When you begin writing, the words will simply stream. Do the brain dump, get everything down on paper, and make adjustments as you go, even if some days are harder than others.
Can you give me a hint about any further books you’re planning to write?
Book 2 is aimed at a younger audience.
And, finally, are your proud of your accomplishment? Was it worth the effort?
Indeed, I’m unbelievably pleased. When I published it, my book went on to become the #1 Hot New Release on Amazon in eight categories, far exceeding my expectations. The reviews I’ve received from readers have been nothing short of amazing, and I’m moved every time someone tells me how much I’ve helped them. I frequently said that if I would assist only one individual with feeling better then it was a book worth composition and I got the lovliest email from a brilliant honorable man promptly after distribution whose canine had recently gotten a terminal determination. The way that he was an older man and had downloaded the book during the special time frame was the ideal cherry on the cake for me. I will always remember him and that email won’t ever be erased.
Pop all your book, website and social media links here so the readers can find you:
Link to book: http://mybook.to/RecoverFromPetLoss