Today we’d like to introduce you to Pat Postek.
Pat, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In 2003, my husband and I took early retirement from the High Tech industry and moved to a nearby ski resort town in Colorado. The move made perfect sense at the time since both of our children lived out of state, but things got complicated after the grandchildren were born.
Even though we visited them for their birthdays and holidays, the time with our grandchildren was never long enough. During each visit, we noticed how much they had grown since we saw them last. Sadly, we missed their first steps and words, and could only imagine the confident smiles that covered their faces.
Technology helped to bridge the long-distance gap, but it wasn’t able to capture the smell and touch of my grandchildren. It made me sad that I only had two weeks out of every year to cuddle them and smell their freshly shampooed hair, to read them their favorite bedtime stories and tuck them into bed at night.
There seemed to be no acceptable solution to my long-distance dilemma until I entertained the idea of writing a book for my grandchildren. Yikes! That was a scary thought. Since I’m not a writer by trade, writing a book seemed like a huge undertaking, but the fear of not maintaining a significant connection with my beautiful grandchildren was far greater than the fear of writing the book.
So, with all the courage, I could muster, I took a deep breath and said “yes” to one of the biggest challenges of my life. As soon as I made the decision to write the book, the appropriate people came into my life to make it all happen. This was no coincidence.
I began by reviewing children’s books to identify the kind of books children enjoy. There were books on just about every topic, but I didn’t find books that included life lessons. I wanted to connect with my grandchildren by sharing my wisdom as a mother and grandmother and by offering them the tools they needed to navigate through life. A list of life lessons began to form in my heart.
Dogs have always been a source of comfort, joy, and inspiration to me. I believe that animals, especially dogs, are our greatest teachers. So, it made perfect sense to bring together my grandmother’s wisdom and my special connection to dogs by conveying the chosen life lessons through the lives and stories of lovable canines.
The six dogs chosen for my first book were either dogs owned by my family or neighborhood dogs. All of them were likable characters and had bigger than life personalities. I used their breed type characteristics and molded their strengths and weaknesses into each story to create life lessons of courage, strength, character-building, and self-acceptance.
In 2008, my first children’s book, “Six Tail”s was published by Wagamore Productions. In 2013, my second book, “Bandit the Chubby Chihuahua” was published by Wagamore Productions as well.
During the publication process, two of my grandchildren were diagnosed with Autism. I wrote Six Tails to share life lessons with my grandchildren, and it is now my grandchildren who are teaching all of us in the family powerful, life-altering lessons every day. Their challenges stretch us beyond our limits. Their courage and strength inspire us. Their embrace of life is pure; they do not pass judgment. We each have a special gift to give!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The best advice I can give for anyone wanting to write a book is to work with a mentor. I was fortunate to have one. They will guide you on your book writing journey. These people are well connected and have reputable contacts you will need i.e. editors, book designers, illustrators, website designers and publishers. A word of advice–the publishing world is full of sharks ready to take advantage of first-time authors. Be careful!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Wagamore Productions – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My children’s books teach life lessons to children. All of the stories are told through the eyes of charming and lovable canines. I believe animals are the greatest teachers. I also believe that is what sets my books apart from others.
“Six Tails” and “Bandit the Chubby Chihuahua” are award-winning children’s books.
Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well-positioned for?
There are definitely challenges and opportunities facing all women in the workforce today. Women have to work harder to prove themselves in their chosen fields. Unfortunately, they are also being paid less than their male counterparts,
Women are the nurturers of our society–it is a known fact. I believe our aging population makes them well-positioned for jobs in the healthcare industry. These skills are in demand and can be used anywhere.
For women who are tired of working long hours and for less money, Entrepreneurship is a great option. Yes, it requires long hours and hard work, but the rewards are unlimited.
- Six Tails $9.95
- Bandit, the Chubby Chihuahua $12.95
- Website: http://www.WagamoreProductions.com
- Phone: 1-970-218-0028
- Email: info@WagamoreProductions.com
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