What is your books name, genre, age level, and what is it about?
Pasha, From Animal Shelter to a Sheltered Life
ages: 10 – 99
Basically, this started out as a love-letter to my rescued Maine Coon cat. Pasha helped me raise 34 tiny kittens (not all at once) from our shelter where I volunteered and it grew into stories of his buddies there.
Where can your book be purchased?
The book is available as an e-book at various sites:
Amazon also offers this as a POD (print-on-demand) Quality Paperback
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/505050 – Smashwords
Distributed to their various partner sites, including Kobo, Apple, etc.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/inge-h.-borg – Barnes & Noble
Do you have a website, a blog, or both? If so, what are they?
I managed to design a blog for Pasha and his friends. We always welcome visitors and love to feature pet stories.
What about social networking? Do you have any book or author fan sites?
I do not have a website, nor am I on Facebook, Twitters, etc. (yet)
Why did you write your book?
It grew out of the weekly “Paws Report” I wrote for our town’s newspaper for about five years.
Tell us a little about the animals in your book?
Most are those (pictured on the back cover of the print version) who held a special place in my heart, mostly because we (Pasha and I) raised them, they still visit us or we visit them.
Now, tell us a little about yourself.
Born and raised in Austria. After I was transferred to the States by an Austrian company, I lived and worked on both coasts, and after several years of living in San Diego, I became a US citizen. I then moved to a peaceful diversified lake community in Arkansas.
If you haven’t answered this already, do you have a job besides writing?
I am living the writing life 100%, with gusto and gratitude. I no longer have to go to work—in other words, I am retired, single, living with “that darn cat.” In short, I am as happy as I have ever been.
Have you written any other books, and are you writing any new ones?
I started out with “earnest” Historical Fiction—after an enormous amount of research. The second book in the series morphed into a present-day thriller.
“Legends of the Winged Scarab” Series (2 books so far)
KHAMSIN, The Devil Wind of The Nile – 3080 BC Historical Fiction (Book 1)
SIROCCO, Storm over Land and Sea – 2012 – Thriller (Book 2)
EDWARD, Con Extraordinaire – 2012. Contemporary episodes of a charmer; he also plays a large—and no longer so charming—role in Sirocco.
Moments of the Heart, A Book of Poems and Short Stories
Shadow Sanctuary, a contemporary woman’s novella, was published at the end of May. There is a new category afoot at Goodreads: Boomer Lit. If it catches on, this book would likely fit into it.
Do you do a lot of reading? And what are a few of your favorite books and authors?
I used to do a lot of reading. But now—shame on me—I am so involved with my writing/editing that I am not getting to read much. Must change that. There are so many new and exciting Indie authors out there.
Besides the animals in your book, do you currently have or live with any other animals?
Yes, there is another sweet Maine Coon, “Lilliput,” also a rescue. And I just lost my first Arkansas rescued cat, NickNack, a Turkish Van (white with a black tail).
Based on the fact that there are many rescue pets in your book, what can you tell us about the importance of animal rescue?
If it were not for all those people volunteering, contributing time, money, and much needed love and patience to those lost, tossed, abandoned and abuse animals, we would be in a very sorry state indeed.
Are there any interesting or little known facts about any aspect of animal rescue that you could share with us?
It is amazing (and wonderful) how many people do care.
Various area shelters also received invaluable assistance through the PetSmart Charitable Organization. They allowed us (space permitting) cats down to their store in Conway (one hour’s drive away), from where they could get adopted. Their facilities were roomy and clean, and their personnel very caring with the cats. Not only did the shelter receive the entire adoption fee, they added a certain amount per cat on top of that. Without them, the shelter would have been severely overcrowded since we filled up almost every household in our small town with our dogs and cats—often in multiples.
Is there anything else related to animal rescue, pet care, or animal shelters that you could share with us?
If all owners were responsible and spayed and neutered their pets, we would not need all those overcrowded shelters. Hopefully, people will consider getting their next pet from a shelter. Many adopters came back to us saying that their new companion was “the best ever.”
Is there anything else you would like to talk about or share with us?
I do want to thank you, Jennifer, for putting together such a nice interview. From your comments at our Goodreads Group “All About Animals,” I know that you are passionate about our co-creatures on this earth.
If you are interested in learning about Inge’s other books please be sure to check out her “windy” blog: http://devilwinds.blogspot.com/