Joshua Pantalleresco: What are you working on at the moment?
Irish Beth Maddock: My next project that I am working on writing is a Cat Sitting Guide to coincide with my Calgary based cat sitting company. Getting a lot of people wanting me to tell them how to start their own business in this regard.
JP: We were talking about pets, but it didn’t occur to me to ask do you have pets?
IBM: Yes, I currently have a tripawd, aka, a 3 legged Black lab X named “Bella”, and fiesty Silver and White Tabby cat named “Dieter”. We also have 3 foster cats in our spare room from The MEOW Foundation, who we volunteer for. We have a mama named “Destiny” and her two 12 week old kittens. On a hockey theme with their names. One is christened “Gretzky” (as in Wayne) and the other is called “LeMew” (as in Mario 🙂 .
Oh, and can’t forget our African Dwarf Frogs aptly named, (courtesy of my 7 year old daughter), “Elsa” and “Ana” from the Disney Frozen movie.
JP: So, if it’s not too personal, when I ran into you at When Words Collide, you seemed like you felt lost, what was going on there?
IBM: Wow, pardon the pun but could you read me like a book! 🙂 Yes, I did feel out of place. I think I felt overwhelmed at WWC. It was my very first writers conference and I was surrounded by all these amazing novelists. I suppose it is easy to feel inadequate when you compare yourself to a novelist vs. being a children’s author hey?
In hindsight however, there is no comparing the two writing styles/genres nor their intended audiences. Both are precious in their own right.
JP: Anything else you’d like to add?
IBM: Simply this, that because of meeting you that day at WWC, I felt like I belonged at that writer’s conference, despite my feelings. Thank you for reaching out to me, drawing me out and making me feel included Joshua. 🙂 Was really neat getting to know you. Oh and congrats on your upcoming book!! Looks like a good one!