Interview with R.B. Smith, author of Rescue Ben

Publisher: Abbott Press

Publication Date: April 9, 2013

Synopsis: Ben is a dog in search of his family. They bought a new house, and while traveling to the new location, Ben chased a cat. He couldn't help it; the cat was teasing him! When he returned, though, he found his family was gone. Now, he'll do anything to get back to young Roy and Molly, but Ben has never been out in the world on his own.

He was with his family since his puppy years. How will he survive in the big world, filled with loud noises, angry cars, and mean people? However, not everyone is mean. On his desperate search, Ben comes upon good humans--humans who need his help. Although the dog needs rescuing, so do many people out there, who are just as scared as Ben.

Will Ben ever find his way to his family's new home, or will the perils of the wild world keep him away? Everywhere he goes, Ben makes an impression; he makes things better and makes new friends. Still, he searches for Roy and Molly. With the endless devotion of man's best friend, Ben won't stop his journey until he is safely in the arms of his loving family.

Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

I can’t say it enough times.  There is too much violence in movies, computer games and television.  In some small way I wanted to show that animals have feelings.  They hurt when abused or abandoned.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

I tried to put lots of feelings, sad and happy in this book so the reader hopefully will be emotionally involved in the story and the dog.  I cried many times writing the chapters just before Ben had to move on and continue his search, I hoped others would also.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

As a new writer I have so many ideas I can’t keep up.  It is sometimes hard to write so that the dialogue sounds natural.  I must go back reread the edit what I wrote the day before because the tone of voice I wanted the character to have doesn't come through.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Crying? Seriously I think writing while I’m asleep.  I wake up and feel like I’m in the middle of the story.  Sometimes I grab the pen and paper I have on my night table and jot down just enough so I don’t forget what I had just dreamt.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

I am currently writing the sequel to Rescue Ben.  I have 7,000 plus words written. It is going to be as good as or better than my first born, Rescue Ben. Some of the characters reappear in the sequel.

There is another book that I’m writing at the same time.  There are around 50,000 words.  It is totally different but has a similar theme.  That’s all I’m going to say about that one.

Q. What are you currently reading?

I have been a reader my whole life so are my children and grandchildren but I just have too much going on right now to read for entertainment.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

I have an excellent PR person who understands my goals which is to have people, children and adults understand that dogs and cats are great pets and provide a great deal of affection, care and loyalty. We are working with Animal Shelters across the US and Canada, they are selling Rescue Ben which provides them with a financial donation for their shelter and helps get the word out about being kind to animals.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

I am a cat lover.  People do a second take when I say that. Currently we have 2 all black, Baxter and Bentley, an orange tabby, Sami and my little cutie Daisy the only female in the group.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I believe in the Golden Rule, “Treat others how you would want to be treated.”  In this case you can insert animals.


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