Book Review: Catch That Collie - Author Interview: Tarrin Lupo

Catch That Collie by Tarrin Lupo

My Review

Catch That Collie

A warm and wonderful children’s book written by Tarrin Lupo is a huge success and a must for every home and school library. It’s true, animal lovers love happy endings! When a dog (not just any dog but your dog) finds you or I should say, you find him or her, then a beautiful friendship begins.

The story opens with a family adopting a Collie and interacting with one another, the children find a special name for their new pet. Raja, means “King” in Indian, and he is thrilled to be surrounded by love and friendship. The children’s mother shares most importantly ‘how to be nice to animals’ and properly care for them. The author shares great caring and nurturing tips and the responsibilities of owning a pet. Raja now has a new collar and license.

The only thing is that Raja misses his buddy, a black dog Marcie back at the Savannah Humane Society and runs away to find her. The action of the story moves along quite nicely and at an exciting pace. My grandsons and I found this book to be a real page-turner and very engaging.

Find out what happens when the owners tie Raja to a tree, build a fence but that doesn’t seem to stop the many exciting adventures of Raja looking for his favorite pal Marcie, the sweet black dog whom he adores. By the way, you’ll find a very informative Pet Care Checklist at the back of the book.

I love this 5 star book and highly recommend it. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. By the way, "Catch That Collie" is now ranked in the top 50 free ebooks on Amazon overnight. Get your free eBook download here


Interview with Tarrin Lupo 

Author of Catch That Collie, Tarrin Lupo, graciously said "yes" in answering so many questions that I wanted to ask. Here's what Tarrin had to say...

1. Tell us a bit about your book and where it’s available.

"Catch That Collie is the tale of a Savannah Shelter Dog that is adopted by first-time pet owners. As the inexperienced family makes mistakes, Raja, The Collie, escapes and explores Savannah, Georgia. Through trial and error, Raja teaches his new family how to properly care for a dog and be responsible pet owners.

Amazon has the best price, it is also at local shops in Savannah ga.

2. What was the inspiration for your book?

"When I lived in West Virgina I worked at a humane society and was appalled at the way folks out there treated their dogs.  It was a culture of pet irresponsibility that got passed for generation to generation.   I remembered someone trying to adopt, who wanted three dogs because he was pretty sure two would die over the year." 

3. What was your aim for this book? What did you want readers to think and feel when reading it?

"I wanted to try and break the cycle of irresponsible pet ownership by reaching the children before it became ingrained."

4. Do you have any other books currently available?

"Yes I have 10 other books, my most current book I co-authored with Ruby Hilliard.  The novel is a young adult story about a pirate treasure hunt around. Think of it kind of like a modern day Goonies."

5. What will you be working on next?

"I am currently working on an extremely unique project that is currently top secret.  I think it is going to be a revolutionary book that people will think about long after they finish it."

6. How did you originally get into writing?

"I started off writing non-fiction manuals about secret hiding places.  I moved into fiction two years ago and have really enjoyed the change."

7. What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

"The hours and freedom.  I also get to work with the best team around, I love my co-author and editors Sandi and Reagen."

8. What do you find hardest about being a writer?

"Staying focused and dealing with getting the final product perfect."

9. Who or what would you count as your main influence?

"The terrible economy and depression opened the door.  I have been talking about writing a novel my whole life, but it was not until I was out of work that I final had time to do it."

10. What do you enjoy reading?

"I like reading my fellow author’s friends work. It seems so much more personal when you actually know the author.  Lately I have also been really interested in graphic novels, like Escape from Terra and The Walking Dead."

11. Who is your favorite author?

"Douglas Adams, I loved Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy." 

12. What would be your ideal writer’s haven for creating your book? Would you have a desk in a quiet cabin somewhere or an iPad on the beach?

"I am comfortable anywhere,  but I demand a top quality office chair so my back does not die."  

Thank you Tarrin Lupino for answering all 12 questions to share with dear readers who love children's literature and have been celebrating Picture Book Month all of November!  Oh, my... I'm the lucky one!

Best wishes and much continued success, 

-- LadyD

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1 comment:

As always, so nice to hear from you!