Recently, the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, GA was kind enough to do a nice little write up about yours truly as well as The Tail of Scarlett which I am going to re-post here below:
Gail Ledford, an Austell resident, has authored a new children’s book titled “The Tail of Scarlett.” Her family members include mother, Lisa Ledford, father, James Ledford, sister, Beth Poirier, brother-in-law, Damon Poirier and niece, Sarah Poirier.
Ledford recently shared a few details with the Marietta Daily Journal regarding her new book.
Tell our readers a little about your book.
“The Tail of Scarlett” is a children’s book based on a true story of my dog Scarlett and all of the different things that she and I went through together throughout her life (and mine).
What inspired this book?
I had always thought about what it would be like to write a children’s book, but for some reason I was never able to come up with anything that felt right. And then Scarlett passed away in January of 2015. She was 13 years of age and she had been with me since she was 6 weeks old. That’s a long time! So, of course I was extremely devastated when she passed and I was trying figure out a way to process my feelings (she was my best friend in the entire world after all), but I also enjoy helping others as well and so I thought that I could use the book as a way to help others who may be grieving the loss of their own pet, especially children, because more often than not it’s the death of the family pet where they have their first experience with this kind of thing. I basically wanted to use this book to create a reminder for people to always remember the good times you had, and when the time comes to say goodbye, to always remember that you gave them the best life that you possibly could and to know that you will see them again someday.
How long did it take you to write it, and what was that process like?
It took me about two months to do the entire thing. I actually thought it would take me longer to do so because I also did all of the illustrations, but it was just one of those things where I knew that if I stopped I did not think I would be able to start again so I just kept going until all of a sudden I had this entire book full of pictures and it wasn’t really until the end that I actually had any ideas to what I was going to do with all of them! Over all though, the entire process felt extremely cathartic because it gave me a chance to release some of those pent up feelings that I had been holding in for pretty much an entire year, so by the time I was done I felt so much better about everything. I remember crying as I wrote the words and feeling like a big weight had been lifted off of my shoulders.
What is your career background?
I am a nanny to my five-year-old niece (who is also in the book by the way!) and I do volunteer work at Zoo Atlanta on the weekends where I work closely with their education department (as do all of the volunteers) where I educate guests about all of the zoo animals that live there.
How can people purchase your book?
“The Tail of Scarlett” can be purchased on Amazon as well as Barnes and Noble’s website and I am donating proceeds from all of the profits made from the book to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, at www.wearethecure.org. I also have a website where you can keep track of all of the latest book news (as well as my own craziness) which can be found at “The Tail of Scarlett” at scarlettstails.wordpress.com.
Remember: Always keep your tail waggin’!