What was the inspiration behind this book?
First off, thank you for the opportunity to share some more info. I enjoy connecting with the readers and sharing stories. The inspiration behind this book is two-fold. I really wanted to do something meaningful for the animals. Something to bring positive awareness, but in a fun way.What kind of feedback have you gotten from readers?
At the time, I was writing a lot of insightful stories and most of them involved animals. I seem to relate to them almost better than people at times. I wanted to put my stories out there and the book idea was born. The driving factor from day one has been 1) inspire people to make positive changes in their lives and 2) bring positive awareness for the animals.
I love reader feedback, it’s so much fun! The feedback ranges from “I love the turtle story”, which seems to be a lot of people’s favorite. Other feedback is “you’re really a great writer and I like how you wrote it so easy to read”. My favorite one was when I gave a book to a lady to read while her husband and I went exploring. We were gone all day. When we returned she said “I read your book”. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean I’ve only know these people a week so it’s anything goes. She continued “a lady came up here all mean and such and I had just finished that part in your book. Instead of giving her what for, I just treated her respectfully and let her go her way”. Wow, I thought, that was powerful. I should re-read my own stuff. LOL!!I think my favorite story was the one about the turtle. Which story is your favorite?
Whenever I talk with someone about my book, it’s always a half hour conversation and loads of fun. It’s amazing the stories people tell and how we can connect if we’d just give each other a chance. If I’d known how much fun this is, I’d done it a lot sooner.
My favorite story is the one about Keiko. That was the last story to go in the book. My book was technically done but I felt it was missing something. I had put it off to deal with some life challenges and then Keiko got cancer. Her ordeal, really made me look inward and face things I’d been ignoring for a long time. I wish I’d learned those lessons sooner. I particularly like the part about unconditional love because that really permeates everything, if we let it. I still re-read that story to remind me of what I need to do.Do you have plans for any follow-up books?
Initially I did not, but now I think there might be. I’d really like to add a follow up from a different stage in my life. I might title it something like “Over the fence, now what?” Ha, that just came to me out of the blue. Hmmm…..I’d better start working on that while the inspiration is still here.What drives you as a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a teacher but didn’t see myself in a room full of kids or adults. I love to share stories as well as show people how to do tasks. My works include trip write ups, gear reviews, technical information (like configuring your wireless), or automotive (how to replace a valve cover gasket or timing belt). When I was growing up, I had to figure out most everything on my own. I enjoy sharing what I know so someone else can learn or save themselves some time.What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
Hmmm……that’s a fun one. The one thing that tends to get people is that I can be very shy at times, especially in large groups of unfamiliar people. They’ll comment “you write, are on T.V. and you won’t go up and talk to that person?” It’s ironic, because when I’m working a story for a T.V. segment, I’ll call or talk to anyone.Anything else you would like to add?
I read all kinds of articles about publishing a book and I almost didn’t do it because of all the things I read. Plenty of people say “it’s hard, you don’t make any money, marketing is tough, etc.” It sounded like a daunting process that didn’t have any rewards. I can say it wasn’t always easy, but it’s been incredibly rewarding because of what I’ve learned and the great people I’ve met. It’s been one of those positive, life changing experiences and I’m glad I did it.Thank you so much for your time!
Thank you for the opportunity to share a little about me. Have a great week!
by Philip Johnsey
Edmund blasts across the yard against my calls to come in. He gleely runs off and I chase him across the grass only to find a unique butterfly or a sky filled with stars. As soon as I stop and admire, Edmund promptly comes to my side and rubs against me.
Do you ever wonder if there is more to your pet's behavior than meets the eye? Sometimes their antics are more than just random behavior. Can we learn something about ourselves by watching them?
I believe so and Climb that Fence take that Leap is a compilation of personal, inspirational animal stories and the life lessons I gleaned from them.
After enjoying these stories, hopefully you'll enjoy more quality time with your furry friend and know what it takes to Climb that Fence and Take that Leap!
Read an excerpt:
Ben knew what the grass felt like and tasted like, and he knew the joy of being free. That was enough motivation for him to take action. The first thing he tried was to sit by the gate and “run” out each time I opened it. A turtle can move faster than you expect when it wants something.
One memorable time, I opened the gate and he went for the escape. Just as I was getting ready to lean down to bring him in, two cats ran right over the top of him on their way out. As I dodged out of the way, I thought, “What is this, a jailbreak?” Animals: they stick together.
Sometimes he’d “protest” and sit in front of the gate so I couldn’t open it. That wasn’t a problem when I was inside the patio. When I was outside and wanted to come in, it became difficult. I’d push on the gate and he’d just climb into his shell, which made it almost impossible to move him. It was like there was a big rock on the other side of the door. I’d have to firmly push on the gate and slide him out of the way. He’d hiss and grunt about it, but he wasn’t about to get up and move.
These actions let me know what he wanted, but to achieve his goal, he really needed something different. That’s when he began to dig the hole. Even though digging a hole was second nature to Ben, there were a lot of unknowns. He didn’t know how deep he’d have to dig to get under the fence. He didn’t know if there was a root system or other barrier that would prevent him from his escape.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Raised on a farm and having been a volunteer at different animal rescues, it’s no surprise that his first two published articles were about animals. So it’s only fitting that Phil’s first book is about animals and the connections we share.
From Phil’s first high school job to present, he’s spent his career working with clients, explaining complex ideas in an easy to understand manner. In addition Phil enjoys exploring the world and sharing those adventures via writing, photography, and videography.
Phil’s credits include, multiple certifications, Reiki master, photographer, author of two blogs, author of a travel column, creates short segments for a local T.V. station and whatever else he can get into.
Kirkus Review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/philip-johnsey/climb-that-fence-and-take-that-leap/