When authors finish a book they normally take some time off before they move on to their next creative endeavor. I do that, too. But . . . when I finished Late Bloomer I could not do that for some reason. First of all, the idea for the book came to me when I turned on the early morning news one morning to see a funeral for a K 9 dog here in my home town. He did not have a bullet proof vest. I cried all day. So I got my idea for Late Bloomer and ran with it with a lot of tears. In the book the K 9 is a German Shepherd named Flash.
Flash forward (no pun intended) when the book was finished I wasn’t. I don’t know if it was art imitating life or life imitating art but I was in the right place at the right time to rescue a dog, a Boykin Spaniel that I named Flash. What else? I guess I wasn’t meant to stop there because I then made sure all the K 9’s in my area were outfitted with protective vests just like their human partners. Somehow or other word got around and I was getting requests from all over the country. I complied. I even bought service dogs for several police departments whose animals were either retired or passed on. I spent a lot of time crying while doing all this and I wasn’t even writing. And then I realized I still wasn’t done. I found out about a Seeing Eye organization in New Jersey and since then have been donating monies for dogs for the handicapped. What a joy that turned out to be. And here is the really great part, you get to name a dog. How cool is that? There is a Flash, a Cooper, a Fred, a Rosie, a Gus and soon there will be a Charlie and a Harry helping people have a better life. And all because of a dog named Flash. (by the way, in case you are interested, you can see Flash on the back of some of my book covers)
I hope you all enjoy Late Bloomer and understand the reason it was written. Please visit me at my web site www.fernmichaels.com for updates and if you care to tell me how you liked Late Bloomer, I’m always happy to hear compliments.