Today is a very special day because today I have the privilege to share with you some doggone lovely news. I am paws-itively delighted to introduce you to our newest Little Lamb Books family member…Darlo Gemeinhardt!
For those writers wondering if finding an agent is as helpful as you’ve been told, Darlo’s story is a testament that yes, making the right connection with an agent can assist you in reaching the best partner for your project. I met Darlo’s agent Cyle Young at the Write-to-Publish conference (happening this week in Chicago), and early this year he pitched me Darlo’s middle grade manuscript, one that already took first place at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC) in 2011. I was already searching for strong middle grade content to add to our catalog and after reading Darlo’s proposal and first few chapters of her manuscript, I knew we had found a story that would be both intriguing and entertaining for both girls and guys.
Behind the scenes, Darlo, a winner of over 20 writing awards, trains and shows dogs as well as participates in pet therapy. She and I chatted recently and I’m thrilled to share some fun facts about her and introduce you to the first book in her brand new series, At the Crossroads.
Where do you call home? Alexander City, Alabama
Describe your family. I’ve been married to my husband Wayne for 41 years this August. I have two grown children, Rachel and Christopher , and six grandchildren-five boys and one girl.
Where is your favorite place to write? Sitting on the couch at home.
Do you have any pet(s)? I have dogs of all kinds. Too many to count. They range in age from approximately 15 years to less than a year.
What non-profit do you have passion for? TALLACO K-9 Search and Rescue We are an all volunteer non-profit group that trains trains SAR dogs for both live and cadaver searches. We never charge a fee for any searches.
What are some of your favorite children’s books? The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkin, Because of Winn Dixie (and her other books) by Kate DiCamillo, Hank the Cowdog series by John R. Erickson…to name a few.
In your own words, what is your book’s synopsis? My book, tentatively titled ABRA-CADAVER DOG, is the story of a mysterious old woman who glows, a treasure-stealing dog, and a twelve-year-old boy who will do anything to save his best friend— his dog Narnia.
What do you think is the main theme of your book? Be a light in a dark world
What has been your biggest inspiration for wanting to write and publish juvenile literature? To give kids a good, exciting, CLEAN story and to point them to Jesus.
You guys, I love Darlo’s passion for dogs, her love of Jesus, and her strong desire to create stories for tweens and teens and build on their desire to read. I’m so thankful for agents, like Cyle, who seek out the right publishers for their clients, and I am truly excited to bring you the story of Eli and Narnia…even our intern Alyssa couldn’t put it down! Stay tuned for more as we document the journey from contract to novel release in the coming year! You can start following Darlo (and learn about her love for dogs!) on her website, From the D.O.G. Pen,as well as on Twitter and Facebook.