This week on Puppy Dog Tales, I welcome author, Becky Jacoby. This multi-talented and creative writer has combined her love of dogs with her love of Jesus to come up with an amazing devotional called Happy Bones: Not Just a Dog’s Love! I’m pleased to have you read this interview with her!
First of all, I would like to point out that an estimated 70-80 million dogs make their homes with approximately 45% of the households in the United States. That’s a lot of doggie love. And doggie stories. I invite you to continue reading this interview with Becky Jacoby Happy Bones: Not Just a Dog’s Love, a 31-day Dog-themed Devotional.
Why a devotional instead of some other type of book about dogs?
Why not a devotional? There are already hundreds of other dog books and dog rescue stories. To me, dogs are an excellent representation of God’s love. Their faith, devotion, loyalty and forgiveness shine as examples of God’s attributes.
Each story in the devotional illustrates aspects of God’s character as well as life in this world and hopefully leads us to the Cross in prayer.
How did you come up with the idea?
I attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference a few years ago and spoke with an acquisitions editor of a Christian publisher. Originally, my idea was for 365-days on many subjects. He told me he was looking for thematic 30-day devotionals. When I was ready to publish, though, I chose the independent route.
Since Happy Bones, I’ve also published Creative Comforts: Artful Hands and Hearts. It is a 30-day devotional for crafters, writers, artists, photographers…everyone who works unto the Lord. I have another Christian book underway tentatively entitled Loved No Matter What, as well as my first suspense novel, Shoot the Moon.
Q. What makes writing a devotional different from other nonfiction?
More similar than different, I think. There has to be a hook that grabs the reader, engaging and well-written content that leads the reader on an emotionally connected journey, and a conclusion that satisfies and prompts the reader to pray or at least consider feelings about what was read or learned. I hope Happy Bones leaves paw prints across reader’s hearts.
Q. Let’s see. Happy Bones..so you have dogs. Creative Comforts…you’re a writer. It makes sense.
Yes, my husband Bob and I have two rescued dogs, Lehigh, a lab/border collie mix, and Abigail, a boxer mix. However, Happy Bones has stories of other dogs, not just our current two girls. About Creative Comforts, I’ve been a corporate communications and copywriter for many years, I’m also certified in graphic design, I’ve participated in art shows with drawing and painting, I quilt, and have more hobbies, too. Creating is part of who I am.
Actually, creativity is a power given to us by God. We all have it, we merely use it differently.
Thanks for allowing me to join you today.
Bio: Becky Jacoby has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer, ghostwriter, project director and consultant. She is also a fine artist and illustrator, graphic artist, avid crafter and quilter. Her nonfiction and fiction work has appeared in numerous print, online, trade and specialty publications. She runs the Words with Wings blog, and her website features occasional free short stories, and books, as well as recent artwork for sale. She is completing a debut suspense novel which includes a widowed former Marine and her trained military dogs.
Past activities include teaching graphic design, writing and marketing. She has also mentored at-risk children and assisted abused women. A long-time resident of York, then Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, home now is coastal North Carolina with hubby Bob and the dogs, who insist on resting behind her chair or across her toes as she writes, paints or quilts.
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