Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Authors and their animals - Carol Thomas

Welcome to my new feature 'Authors and their animals' where authors have a chance to talk about another love in their life, not reading or writing, but their pets! As a big animal lover and soon to release my new novel about a racehorse, I thought this the perfect opportunity to run this feature on my blog. So today we will be meeting Carol Thomas, a fabulous author of both children's and women's fiction books, and she will be introducing us to her pets.
Over to Carol...

This photograph shows me with my chocolate Labrador, Benson, and black Labrador, Milo, enjoying a walk at Burpham, near Arundel, and the latest addition to our family, Hubble.

For almost sixteen years, Benson was my constant companion and my best (furry) friend. I could rely on him for a cuddle no matter what the ups and downs of life. He was generous with his affection, strong and yet gentle. He was playful, with the mind of a puppy, throughout his life. Milo was an affectionate boy too. He was caring and protective. Milo was Benson’s shadow for twelve years; he loved to be near him and never wanted to miss out on anything he was up to. I miss them both every day.

Both Benson and Milo have been the inspiration for dogs in my novels. Bramble in Crazy Over You is based on Benson, sharing many of his characteristics, and Jack in my (as yet untitled) novel, to be published by Ruby Fiction in 2018, is based on Milo.

Since Benson and Milo passed away in recent years, I now have a cheeky Labrador puppy called Hubble. He is a lovely boy, with an unhealthy habit of eating things he shouldn’t.

When it came to writing a children’s book, it seemed very natural to write about a puppy and his search for a forever friend. The expressions and actions of the puppy in the book are a combination of each of the three Labradors I have been lucky enough to have in my life.

More about the author...

Author Bio:

Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local caf├ęs working on her next book.

Carol writes for both adults and children:

Her contemporary romance novels have relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads. http://tinyurl.com/COY-AmazonUk 

Carol’s children's books have irresistibly cute, generally furry characters, young children can relate to. http://tinyurl.com/FAF-AmazonUk

Finding a Friend 
When Little Pup finds himself at the shelter,
he doesn’t know quite what to do.
Big dogs all around, feeling lost and alone,
Little Pup needs a friend… but who?

“A delightfully written and wonderfully illustrated picture book, with a heartwarming ‘tail’ of friendship.” M. Kidman, Class Teacher.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Carol and thank you for appearing on my blog today to talk about your beautiful labradors. I had the pleasure of reading your lovely children's book 'Finding a Friend' with my children and we recommend it to all animal loving children and adults!

Please contact me if you are an author or book blogger and would like to tell us about your animals at home! emilywilliamsauthor@yahoo.com

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